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Record 27174

Reading Experience:

John Murray to Byron, 12 September 1816, on William Gifford's response to Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Canto IV: 'He has been exceedingly ill with jaundice [...] He said he was unable to leave off last night, and that he had sat up until he had finished every line of the canto. It had actually agitated him into a fever [...] He had persisted this morning in finishing the volume [...] He says that what you have heretofore published is nothing to this effort. He says also, besides its being the most original and interesting, it is the most finished of your writings; and he has undertaken to correct the press for you.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 11 Sep 1816 and 12 Sep 1816
Country: n/a
Time: morning
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:William Gifford
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1757
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: George Gordon Lord Byron
Title: Childe Harold IV
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 27174  
Source - Print  
  Author: Samuel Smiles
  Editor: n/a
  Title: A Publisher and His Friends: Memoir and Correspondence of the Late John Murray
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1891
  Vol: 1
  Page: 365
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Samuel Smiles, A Publisher and His Friends: Memoir and Correspondence of the Late John Murray (London, 1891), 1, p. 365,, accessed: 02 December 2023

Additional comments:

Gifford a reader to whom Murray, Byron's publisher, regularly passed MS submissions for comment.



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