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Record 22466

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
'when talking on the subject of prayer [to Johnson on his deathbed], Dr. Brocklesby repeated from Juvenal,-- "Orandum est, ut sit mens sana in corpore sano", and so on to the end of the tenth satire; but in running it quickly over, he happened, in the line, "Qui spatium vitae; extremum inter munera ponat", to pronounce supremum for extremum; at which Johnson's critical ear instantly took offence, and discoursing vehemently on the unmetrical effect of such a lapse, he shewed himself as full as ever of the spirit of the grammarian'.
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Until: 13 Dec 1784
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)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: Juvenal
Title: Tenth Satire
Genre: Classics, Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 22466  
Source - Print  
  Author: James Boswell
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Life of Johnson
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1980
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 1379
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: James Boswell, R.W. Chapman (ed.), Life of Johnson (Oxford, 1980), p. 1379, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=22466, accessed: 04 February 2023

Additional comments:

Original date of publication 1791

 

 

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