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Record 27956

Reading Experience:

'The town soon went wild about the story [Evelina] [...] Mrs. Thrale read it, and liked it better than Madame Riccoboni's Tales [...] she lent it to Dr. Johnson. He was very unwilling to read it -- but once he was persuaded to begin the story, he was delighted with it. "Why, madam, what a charming book you lent me," he said to Mrs. Thrale, on finishing the first volume, and he anxiously asked to know whom Evelina married. He protested, too, that there were passages in it that would do honour to Richardson, and that Henry Fielding never drew such a character as Mr. Smith.'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 1 Jan 1778 and 31 Dec 1778
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:Samuel Johnson
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
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: Frances Burney
Title: Evelina, or a Young Lady's Entrance into the World
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: January 1778
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 27956  
Source - Print  
  Author: Julia Kavanagh
  Editor: n/a
  Title: English Women of Letters: Biographical Sketches
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1863
  Vol: 1
  Page: 88
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Julia Kavanagh, English Women of Letters: Biographical Sketches (London, 1863), 1, p. 88,, accessed: 01 February 2023

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