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Record 4079

Reading Experience:

"I have just been reading, for the fourth time, I believe, The Simple Story, which I intended this time to read as a critic, that I might write to Mrs Inchbald about it; but I was so carried away by it that I was totally incapable of thinking of Mrs Inchbald or anything but Miss Milner and Doriforth, who appeared as real persons... I think it the most pathetic and the most powerfully interesting tale I ever read."
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1767 and 1809
Country: Ireland
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:Maria Edgeworth
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1767
Socio-economic group: Gentry
Occupation: Writer
Religion: Christian (Church of England)
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: Ireland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Elizabeth Inchbald
Title: A Simple Story
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1791
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 4079  
Source - Print  
  Author: Maria Edgeworth
  Editor: Augustus J. C. Hare
  Title: The Life and Letters of Maria Edgeworth
  Place of Publication: London: Edward Arnold
  Date of Publication: 1894 (2 vols)
  Vol: 1
  Page: 168-9
  Additional comments: Letter to Miss Ruston (December 1809).

Citation: Maria Edgeworth, Augustus J. C. Hare (ed.), The Life and Letters of Maria Edgeworth (London: Edward Arnold, 1894 (2 vols)), 1, p. 168-9,, accessed: 07 July 2022

Additional comments:

Maria Edgeworth read this book at least 4 times in her lifetime.



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