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Record 21729

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
'Talking of Rochester's Poems, he said, he had given them to Mr. Steevens to castrate for the edition of the poets, to which he was to write Prefaces. Dr. Taylor (the only time I ever heard him say any thing witty) observed, that "if Rochester had been castrated himself, his exceptionable poems would not have been written". I asked if Burnet had not given a good Life of Rochester. JOHNSON. "We have a good [italics] Death [end italics]: there is not much [italics] Life[end italics]".'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Until: 22 Sep 1777
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: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: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: Gilbert Burnet
Title: Some passages of the life and death of the Right Honourable John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester
Genre: Biography
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 21729  
Source - Print  
  Author: James Boswell
  Editor: R.W. Chapman
  Title: Life of Boswell
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1980
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 869
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: James Boswell, R.W. Chapman (ed.), Life of Boswell (Oxford, 1980), p. 869, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=21729, accessed: 04 February 2023

Additional comments:

Originally published 1791

 

 

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