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Record 23640

Reading Experience:

'You will never in the world guess what sort of a pastime I have had resourse to in this windbound portion of my voyage. Nothing less than the reading of Kant's Transcendental Philosophy! So it is: I am at the hundred and fiftieth page of the Kritik der reinen verbubft; not only reading but partially understanding, and full of projects for instructing my benighted countrymen on the true merits of this sublime system at some more propitious season.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 19 Sep 1826 and 27 Sep 1826
Country: Scotland
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:Thomas Carlyle
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 4 Dec 1795
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer / Academic
Religion: Lapsed Calvinist
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Immanuel Kant
Title: The Critique of Pure Reason
Genre: Philosophy
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: First published 1781, revised 1787
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 23640  
Source - Print  
  Author: Thomas Carlyle
  Editor: C R Sanders
  Title: The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle
  Place of Publication: Durham, North Carolina
  Date of Publication: 1970
  Vol: 4
  Page: 137
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Thomas Carlyle, C R Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (Durham, North Carolina, 1970), 4, p. 137,, accessed: 10 June 2023

Additional comments:

Taken from letter from TC to Jane Baillie Welsh, dated 27th September, written at Scotsbrig. Pages 137-139 in this edition. Date range is an estimate based on the date of this letter and the date of his previous (also to JBW) dated 19th September in which he does not mention this book.



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