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Record 26782

Reading Experience:

'We are greatly pleased with your sketches of 'German character'; your Oken, your pert Surgeon, your Schelli[n]g &c must surely be pictures from the Life. Becker says Oken and Wilhelmi are true portraits, as I described them from your letter. Above all I am glad to find both that you admire Schelling and know that you do not understand him.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: 19 Feb 1828
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Edinburgh
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: John A. Carlyle
Title: Letter dated 6th Feb, Munich
Genre: Ephemera
Form of Text: Manuscript: Letter
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 26782  
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: 333
  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. 333,, accessed: 18 July 2024

Additional comments:

Taken from letter from TC to John A. Carlyle dated 7th March 1828, written at Edinburgh. Pages 332-339 in this edition. Date of reading experience is estimate based on the date of John A. Carlyle's letter (given in Editor's notes) and date of this letter. Editor's note states that 'In his letter from Munich of 6 Feb. Joh had referred to Karl Joseph Kleinschrod (1797-1866), a lawyer of Wurzburg and Munich; Lorenz Ochenfuss (1779-1851), called 'Oken', German naturalist and philosopher, who foreshadowed theories of the cellular structure of organisms and of the protoplasmic basis of life; and Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling (1775-1854), German philosopher who accepted a professorship at Munich in 1827.



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