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Record 28302

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
[Elizabeth Carter to Elizabeth Vesey, 4 May 1774:] 'I do not recall any late productions in the literary way, except a little volume of very pretty Essays by Miss Aikin, and Mr Bryant's Analysis of Ancient Mythology, of which I have read one volume in quarto. It is a work of immense learning and very great ingenuity, but has to me the fault of almost all the mythological systems I ever read, the want of sufficient proof [discusses text and author further] [...] I am told that the second volume is much more satisfactory than the first. I find it is a fashionable book, from which one would infer that this is an age of most profound literature, and from the very nature of his subject it is scarcely possible to discover what he means but by the assistance of Greek and Hebrew.'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 1 Jan 1774 and 4 May 1774
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:Elizabeth Carter
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1717
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: Anna Laetitia Aikin
Title: Essays [?on Various Subjects]
Genre: Essays / Criticism
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 28302  
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 Elizabeth Carter to Mrs Vesey, between the years 1763 and 1787
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1809
  Vol: 4
  Page: 109-110
  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 Elizabeth Carter to Mrs Vesey, between the years 1763 and 1787 (London, 1809), 4, p. 109-110, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=28302, accessed: 06 February 2023

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