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Record 27201

Reading Experience:

'Say, too, that I received his Life of Napoleon, and have read it this winter - in the evening and at night - with attentino from beginning to end. To me it was full of meaning to observe how the first novelist of the century took upon himself a task and business, so apparently foreign to him, and passed under review with rapid stroke those important events of which it had been our fate to be eyewtinesses. The division into chapters, embracing masses of intimately connected events, gives a clearness to the historical sequence that otherwise might have been only to easily confused, while, at the same time, the individual events in each chapter are described with a clearness and a vividness quite invaluable.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Nov 1827 and 1 Feb 1828
Country: Germany
Time: evening
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:Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 28 Aug 1749
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: Protestant
Country of origin: Germany
Country of experience: Germany
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Walter Scott
Title: Life of Napoleon
Genre: Biography
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: First published 1827 (9 volumes)
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 27201  
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: 353
  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. 353,, accessed: 28 January 2023

Additional comments:

Taken from letter from Carlyle to Walter Scott, dated 13 April 1828, written at 21 Comley Bank, Edinburgh. Pages 352-355 in this edition. Carlyle is here transcribing a section of a letter from Goethe to Carlyle which, Carlyle says, 'virtually belongs' to Scott. Carlyle transcribes the section of the letter in the original German and the translation is given in the editor's notes from The Journal of Sir Walter Scott, pp483-486.



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