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Record 21936

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
'Mr. Allen, the printer, brought a book on agriculture, which was printed, and was soon to be published. It was a very strange performance, the authour having mixed in it his own thoughts upon various topicks, along with his remarks on ploughing, sowing, and other farming operations. He seemed to be an absurd profane fellow, and had introduced in his book many sneers at religion, with equal ignorance and conceit. Dr. Johnson permitted me to read some passages aloud.'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: 17 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:James Boswell
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 29 Oct 1740
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: writer and lawyer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Dr Johnson
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: William Marshall
Title: Minutes of Agriculture
Genre: Agriculture / horticulture / husbandry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: read in situ
brought to Johnson's house by Mr Allen as a gift or loan

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 21936  
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: 963-4
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: James Boswell, R.W. Chapman (ed.), Life of Johnson (Oxford, 1980), p. 963-4, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=21936, accessed: 13 June 2024

Additional comments:

Originally published 1791

 

 

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