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Record 21076

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
'The ballad of Hardyknute has no great merit, if it be really ancient. People talk of nature. But mere obvious nature may be exhibited with very little power of mind.'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Until: 16 Oct 1769
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
   
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:Samuel Johnson
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 18 Sep 1709
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: writer
Religion: Anglican
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: Elizabeth, Lady Wardlaw
Title: Hardyknute
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 21076  
Source - Print  
  Author: James Boswell
  Editor: R.C. Chapman
  Title: Life of Johnson
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1980
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 415
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: James Boswell, R.C. Chapman (ed.), Life of Johnson (Oxford, 1980), p. 415, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=21076, accessed: 04 February 2023

Additional comments:

Originally published 1791. Probable author of a text that masqueraded as an ancient ballad.

 

 

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