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Record 28331

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
[Thomas Edwards to Samuel Richardson, 18 July 1754:] 'I did say, and I really do think, that it is a pity so many fine performances, as you and I have seen written by ladies, should be lost to the world; that the public should be robbed of the pleasure and instruction, and they themselves of the honour of them [...] The prejudices against a learned wife (such I mean as are free from pedantry, and neglect not their proper duty to acuire their learning) are absurd, irrational, and often flow from envy, but they are strong, inveterate, and too general. Who then is she who dares step forth to vindicate her sex, and assert their claim to genius, at the hazard of forfeiting all her own hopes of a settlement in the world, and friendship with the rest of her sex? [reflects further on women's education and intellectual endeavour]'
Century: 1700-1799
Date:
Country: England
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:Thomas Edwards
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: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author:
Title: [Poetry by women]
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: UnknownManuscript: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 28331  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Anna Laetitia Barbauld
  Title: Correspondence of Samuel Richardson [...] Selected from the original manuscripts, bequeathed by him to his family
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1804
  Vol: 3
  Page: 89-90
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Anna Laetitia Barbauld (ed.), Correspondence of Samuel Richardson [...] Selected from the original manuscripts, bequeathed by him to his family  (London, 1804), 3, p. 89-90, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=28331, accessed: 29 June 2022

Additional comments:

 

 

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