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Record 28058

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
Catherine Talbot to Elizabeth Carter, 14 March 1752: 'I have begun reading a book which promises some laughing amusement, "The Female Quixote;" the few chapters I read to my mother last night while we were undressing were whimsical enough and not at all low. I have not read Amelia, yet, but have seen it read and commented upon much to my edification by that good Bishop of Gloucester, who seldom misses spending two or three days of the week at this deanery [...] I have been particularly delighted with some of our afternoons, when we have sat unmolested by my dressing-room fire-side, he reading Amelia (and quarreling excessively at the two first volumes) my mother and I reading or working, or following our own devices as it might happen, and every one mixing little interruptions of chat as things come into their heads; with not a single ring at the door to disturb us.'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 1 Mar 1752 and 14 Mar 1752
Country: England
Time: afternoon
Place: city: London
specific address: St Paul's Deanery
location in dwelling: Dressing-room of Catherine Talbot (the Dean's stepdaughter)
   
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:Martin Benson
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 23 Apr 1689
Socio-economic group: Clergy (includes all denominations)
Occupation: Bishop of Gloucester
Religion: Anglican
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: Henry Fielding
Title: Amelia (volumes 1 and 2)
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 28058  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Montagu Pennington
  Title: A Series of Letters between Mrs Elizabeth Carter and Miss Catherine Talbot, from the year 1741 to 1770. To which are added, Letters from Mrs Eliazbeth Carter to Mrs Vesey, between the years 1763 and 1787
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1809
  Vol: 2
  Page: 68-69
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Montagu Pennington (ed.), A Series of Letters between Mrs Elizabeth Carter and Miss Catherine Talbot, from the year 1741 to 1770. To which are added, Letters from Mrs Eliazbeth Carter to Mrs Vesey, between the years 1763 and 1787 (London, 1809), 2, p. 68-69, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=28058, accessed: 04 July 2022

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