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Record 27838

Reading Experience:

'[Lord Lyttleton] presented me with the works of Miss Aikin (now Mrs Barbauld). I read them with rapture; I thought them the most beautiful Poems I had ever seen, and considered the woman who could invent such poetry, as the most to be envied of human creatures.'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 1 Jan 1773 and 31 Dec 1776
Country: n/a
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:Mary Robinson
Age Unknown
Gender Female
Date of Birth 27 Nov 1758
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Lawyer's wife
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: Anna Laetitia Aikin
Title: Poems
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1773
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 27838  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: M. J. Levy
  Title: Perdita. The Memoirs of Mary Robinson
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1994
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 54-55
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: M. J. Levy (ed.), Perdita. The Memoirs of Mary Robinson (London, 1994), p. 54-55,, accessed: 06 February 2023

Additional comments:

Lyttleton, described by Robinson as 'perhaps the most accomplished libertine that any age or country has produced,' was a friend of her husband's, who was attempting to seduce her.



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