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Record 21742

Reading Experience:

'He praised Grainger's "Ode on Solitude", in Dodsley's "Collection", and repeated, with great energy, the exordium:- "O Solitude, romantick maid, Whether by nodding towers you tread; Or haunt the desart's trackless gloom, Or hover o'er the yawning tomb; Or climb the Andes' clifted side, Or by the Nile's coy source abide; Or, starting from your half-year's sleep, From Hecla view the thawing deep; Or, at the purple dawn of day, Tadnor's marble waste survey"; observing, "This, Sir, is very noble".'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Until: 23 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)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: James Grainger
Title: 'Ode on Solitude'
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: included in Robert Dodsley's 'Collection of Poems by Several Hands'
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 21742  
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: 873
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: James Boswell, R.W. Chapman (ed.), Life of Boswell (Oxford, 1980), p. 873,, accessed: 04 February 2023

Additional comments:

Originally published 1791



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