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Record 28397

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
[Dorothy, Lady Bradshaigh (as 'Mrs Belfour') to Samuel Richardson, 11 January [1748/9], on completing reading of final three volumes of Clarissa:] 'I have, Sir, with much pain, much greater than you imagine, gone through your inimitable piece [...] It must be acknowledged by every body a noble work [...] 'I once intended to point out, and take notice, as I went along, of what I thought particular beauties, but they came so thick upon me, that I found it would be an endless piece of work [...] Besides, I am conscious I have not strength of judgement for such an undertaking; more especially at present, being every way weakened by reading your most moving relation [discusses responses to text (including copious weeping and disturbed sleep) further].'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 6 Jan and 11 Jan
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:Dorothy Lady Bradshaigh
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1705
Socio-economic group: Royalty / aristocracy
Occupation: n/a
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: Samuel Richardson
Title: Clarissa (final 3 volumes)
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 28397  
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: 4
  Page: 239-242
  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), 4, p. 239-242, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=28397, accessed: 03 July 2022

Additional comments:

NB date in 'Date of Birth of reader/Listener' is date of baptism; see entry in DNB. See p.238 in source for Lady Bradshaigh's letter of 6 January, in which she mentions beginning this reading. See p.177n in source for background to Lady Bradshaigh's correspondence with Richardson.

 

 

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