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Record 22070

Reading Experience:

'Talking of the wonderful concealment of the authour of the celebrated letters signed [italics] Junius [end italics]; he said, "I should have believed Burke to be Junius, because I know no man but Burke who is capable of writing these letters; but Burke spontaneously denied it to me. The case would have been different had I asked him if he was the authour; a man so questioned, as to an anonymous publication, may think he has a right to deny it".'
Date: Until: 26 Mar 1779
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: Junius [pseud.]
Title: Letters of Junius
Genre: Essays / Criticism, Politics, satire
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: appeared in the Public Advertiser, and in a book in 1772
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 22070  
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: 1012
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: James Boswell, R.W. Chapman (ed.), Life of Johnson (Oxford, 1980), p. 1012,, accessed: 23 June 2024

Additional comments:

Originally published 1791. Junius' identity is still unknown



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