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Record 22298

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
'He had dined that day [30th May 1784] at Mr. Hoole's, and Miss Helen Maria Williams being expected in the evening, Mr. Hoole put into his hands her beautiful "Ode on the Peace": Johnson read it over, and when this elegant and accomplished young lady was presented to him, he took her by the hand in the most courteous manner, and repeated the finest stanza of her poem; this was the most delicate and pleasing compliment he could pay.'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: 30 May 1784
Country: England
Time: afternoon: after dinner
Place: other location: Mrs Hoole's home
   
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)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: Helen Maria Williams
Title: Ode on the Peace, An
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Unknown
Publication details: published 1783
Provenance: read in situ
shown by Mrs Hoole

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 22298  
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: 1283-4
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: James Boswell, R.W. Chapman (ed.), Life of Johnson (Oxford, 1980), p. 1283-4, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=22298, accessed: 04 February 2023

Additional comments:

Originally published 1791.

 

 

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