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Record 21400

Reading Experience:

James Spedding to W. H. Thompson, 1834: 'Wordsworth's eyes are better, but not so well [...] Reading inflames them, and so does composing. I believe it was a series of Highland sonnets that brought on the last attack [...] He read me several, that I had not seen or heard before, many of them admirably good: also a long romantic wizard and fairy poem, of the time of Merlin and king Arthur, very pretty but not of the first order: but I should not have expected anything so good from him which was so much out of his beat.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1834 and 31 Dec 1834
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:William Wordsworth
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1770
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
James Spedding
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: William Wordsworth
Title: 'The Egyptian Maid, or, The Romance of the Water Lily'
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 21400  
Source - Print  
  Author: Hallam Tennyson
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Alfred Lord Tennyson: A Memoir by His Son
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1897
  Vol: 1
  Page: 133
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Hallam Tennyson, Alfred Lord Tennyson: A Memoir by His Son (London, 1897), 1, p. 133,, accessed: 02 February 2023

Additional comments:

Text identified by source author; see p.133 n.1.



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