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Record 22442

Reading Experience:

'[Letter from Johnson to John Nichols] At Ashbourne, where I had very little company, I had the luck to borrow "Mr. Bowyer's Life"; a book so full of contemporary history, that a literary man must find some of his old friends.'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 21 Jul 1784 and 20 Oct 1784
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Ashbourne
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:

Title: [Mr Bowyer's Life]
Genre: Biography
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (other)


Source Information:

Record ID: 22442  
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: 1353
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: James Boswell, R.W. Chapman (ed.), Life of Johnson (Oxford, 1980), p. 1353,, accessed: 04 February 2023

Additional comments:

Original date of publication 1791. unknown text.



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