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Record 21760

Reading Experience:

'He [Johnson] was for a considerable time occupied in reading "Memoires de Fontenelle" leaning and swinging upon the low gate into the court, without his hat.'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: 7 Apr 1778
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Streatham
specific address: home of the Thrales
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: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: abbe Trublet
Title: Mémoires pour servir a l'histoire de la vie et des ouvrages de M. de Fontenelle
Genre: Biography
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown
either owned by him or the Thrales


Source Information:

Record ID: 21760  
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: 913
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: James Boswell, R.W. Chapman (ed.), Life of Johnson (Oxford, 1980), p. 913,, accessed: 01 February 2023

Additional comments:

originally published 1791



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