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Record 27300

Reading Experience:

'When Murray was about to publish Byron's "Siege of Corinth" and "Parisina," he promised to send the early sheets to Blackwood, who proposed to hold a dinner in honour of the occasion, to which Scott, Erskine, and James Ballantyne were to be invited. Scott [...] unfortunately, could not accept the invitation for the day named; but, to secure his attendance, the dinner was put off for a week, and then he made his appearance with Erskine and Ballantyne. The poems were read, to the immense delight of the audience.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Feb 1816 and 9 Feb 1815
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: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)
William Blackwood Erskine James Ballantyne
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: George Gordon Lord Byron
Title: The Siege of Corinth
Genre: Fiction, Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 27300  
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: 455
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Samuel Smiles, A Publisher and His Friends: Memoir and Correspondence of the Late John Murray (London, 1891), 1, p. 455,, accessed: 07 December 2023

Additional comments:

Source ed. quotes from letter from Blackwood to John Murray of 11 February 1816, in which it is remarked: 'The arrival of Byron's Poems has created a great buzz here. It has also got over the whole town that Mr. Scott had dined with me, and read them, and was in raptures with them I did not mean to have said anything about this, but Mr. S. and Ballantyne talked about it, and it spread abroad like wildfire' (pp.455-456).



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