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Record 24256

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
John Wilson Croker to John Murray, 18 July 1819: 'I am agreeably disappointed by finding "Don Juan" very little offensive. It is by no means worse than "Childe Harold," which it resembles as comedy does tragedy. There is a prodigious power of versification in it, and a great deal of very good pleasantry. There is also some magnificent poetry, and the shipwreck, though too long, and in parts very disgusting, is on the whole finely described [...] on the score of morality, I confess it seems a more innocent production than "Childe Harold." What "Don Juan" may become by-and-bye I cannot foresee, but at present I had rather a son of mine were Don Juan than, I think, any other of Lord Byron's heroes. Heaven grant he may never resemble any of them.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jul 1819 and 18 Jul 1819
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Ryde
   
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:John Wilson Croker
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 20 Dec 1780
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Secretary to the Admiralty
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Ireland
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: George Gordon, Lord Byron
Title: Don Juan: cantos I-II
Genre: Fiction, Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1819
Provenance: unknown

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 24256  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Louis L. Jennings
  Title: The Croker Papers: The Correspondence and Diaries of The Late Right Honourable John Wilson Croker, LL.,D., F.R.S.
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1884
  Vol: 1
  Page: 145
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Louis L. Jennings (ed.), The Croker Papers: The Correspondence and Diaries of The Late Right Honourable John Wilson Croker, LL.,D., F.R.S. (London, 1884), 1, p. 145, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=24256, accessed: 03 October 2022

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