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Record 23641

Reading Experience:

'I was very much obliged by your copy of Doering's Jean Paul and the manuscript sent along with it; whch tho' too late for assisting my printed critical labours I perused with great interest. My curiosity indeed was rather excited than satisfied by the strange 'string of shreds and patches' which Doering calls a Life; but Richter is a subject of such attraction that any account of him however meagre was peculiarly welcome.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jun 1826 and 4 Dec 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: JMH Doring
Title: Jean Paul Richters Leben
Genre: Biography
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: First published 1781, revised 1826
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 23641  
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: 162
  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. 162,, accessed: 13 June 2024

Additional comments:

Taken from letter from TC to NH Julius, dated 4th December, written at 21 Comley Bank, Edinburgh. Pages 160-164 in this edition. Date range is an estimate based on the reference Carlyle makes at the beginning of this letter, that the acknowledgement of the books that Julius sent him is 'a debt which for several months has lain heavy on my conscience'.



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