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Record 21135

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
'Boswell. "I do not know whether there are any well attested stories of the appearance of ghosts. You know there is a famous story of the appearance of Mrs. Veal, prefixed to 'Drelincourt on Death.'" Johnson. " I believe, Sir, that is given up. I believe the woman declared upon her deathbed that it was a lie".'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Until: 28 Mar 1772
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: Charles Drelincourt
Title: Christians Defense against the Fears of Death
Genre: Other religious, Philosophy
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: fourth edition or after - from 1706
Provenance: unknown

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 21135  
Source - Print  
  Author: James Boswell
  Editor: R.W. Chapman
  Title: Life of Johnson
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1980
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 472
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: James Boswell, R.W. Chapman (ed.), Life of Johnson (Oxford, 1980), p. 472, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=21135, accessed: 04 February 2023

Additional comments:

Originally published 1791. The fiction in question, 'A True Relation of the Apparition of Mrs Veal', was apparently written by Daniel Defoe.

 

 

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