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Record 21754

Reading Experience:

'Johnson. "I have been reading Thicknesse's Travels, which I think are entertaining." Boswell. "What, Sir, a good book?" Johnson. "Yes, Sir, to read once; I do not say you are to make a study of it, and digest it ; and I believe it to be a true book in his intention. All travellers generally mean to tell truth".'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Until: 3 Apr 1778
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
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 1740
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)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Philip Thicknesse
Title: Observations on the Customs and Manners of the French Nation
Genre: Geography / Travel
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 21754  
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: 904
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: James Boswell, R.W. Chapman (ed.), Life of Johnson (Oxford, 1980), p. 904,, accessed: 01 June 2023

Additional comments:

Originally published 1791.



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