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Record 21615

Reading Experience:

'I related a dispute between Goldsmith and Mr. Robert Dodsley, one day when they and I were dining at Tom Davies's, in 1762. Goldsmith asserted, that there was no poetry produced in this age. Dodsley appealed to his own Collection, and maintained, that though you could not find a palace like Dryden's "Ode on St. Cecilia's Day", you had villages composed of very pretty houses; and he mentioned particularly "The Spleen".'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Until: 31 Dec 1762
Country: n/a
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:Robert Dodsley
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1703
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: writer and bookseller
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Ibbot
Title: 'Fit of the Spleen, A'
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 21615  
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: 743
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: James Boswell, R.W. Chapman (ed.), Life of Johnson (Oxford, 1980), p. 743,, accessed: 21 January 2022

Additional comments:

Original date of publication 1791. Dodsley's 'Collection' was a book edited by him, 'A collection of Poems by Several Hands'. This poem is in the collection, though there is a more notable one called 'The Spleen' by Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea. The author may have been Benjamin Ibbot?



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