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Record 26918

Reading Experience:

Sunday, 11 July 1830: 'I have begun Lawrie Todd which ought considering the author's indisputed talents to have been better. He might have laid [James Fenimore] Cowper aboard but he follows far behind. No wonder. Galt, poor fellow, was in the King's Bench when he wrote it; no whetter of genius is necessity though said to be the mother of invention.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 9 Jul 1830 and 11 Jul 1830
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:Walter Scott
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1771
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: n/a
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 Galt
Title: Lawrie Todd
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1830
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 26918  
Source - Print  
  Author: Walter Scott
  Editor: W. E. K. Anderson
  Title: The Journal of Sir Walter Scott
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1972
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 608
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Walter Scott, W. E. K. Anderson (ed.), The Journal of Sir Walter Scott (Oxford, 1972), p. 608,, accessed: 20 June 2024

Additional comments:

Source ed. quotes from entry in Robert Cadell (publisher)'s diary of 9 July, in which Scott is recorded as having selected this text, along with other 'books of light reading for the journey [from Edinburgh] to Abbotsford' from Cadell's (see p.608 n.2 in source).



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