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Record 20963

Reading Experience:

'We have been reading the "Poet's Pilgrimage to Waterloo," & generally with much approbation. Nothing will please all the world, you know; but parts of it suit me better than much that he has written before. The opening - the Proem I beleive [sic] he calls it - is very beautiful. One cannot but grieve for the loss of the Son so fondly described. Has he at all recovered it?'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1817 and 24 Jan 1817
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Chawton
county: Hampshire
specific address: Chawton Cottage
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Jane Austen
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 16 Dec 1775
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: writer
Religion: Church of England
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Jane Austen; Cassandra Austen; Cassandra Leigh Austen
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Robert Southey
Title: Poet's Pilgrimage to Waterloo
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1816
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 20963  
Source - Print  
  Author: Jane Austen
  Editor: Deirdre Le Faye
  Title: Jane Austen's Letters
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1995
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 327-8
  Additional comments: Letter from Jane Austen to Alethea Bigg, dated 24 January 1817.

Citation: Jane Austen, Deirdre Le Faye (ed.), Jane Austen's Letters (Oxford, 1995), p. 327-8,, accessed: 29 March 2023

Additional comments:



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