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Record 27332

Reading Experience:

Isaac D'Israeli to John Murray, 4 August 1818: 'It was with your usual kindness that you sent us the "Heart of Midlothian," which we return with our best thanks. All that concerns the Deans family, David and Jeanie, is the masterly production of the same genius, and I like the broad and natural humour of many of the characters. [italics]Character-painting[end italics] is his forte, and he is both pathetic and humorous. With all these excellences there is too much alloy of modern romance-writing in the fourth volume [...] But the first of our novelists likes to have [italics]make-weights[end italics], and must have, for so many thousand pounds.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jun 1818 and 4 Aug 1818
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Farnham Royal
county: Buckinghamshire
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:

Reading Group:Isaac D'Israeli and family
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Unknown
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer and family
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Walter Scott
Title: The Heart of Midlothian
Genre: Fiction, History
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1818
Provenance: borrowed (other)


Source Information:

Record ID: 27332  
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: 2
  Page: 68-69
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Samuel Smiles, A Publisher and His Friends: Memoir and Correspondence of the Late John Murray (London, 1891), 2, p. 68-69,, accessed: 04 February 2023

Additional comments:



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