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Record 4418

Reading Experience:

They that cultivate literary small-talk have been greatly attracted for some / time by the late number of Blackwoods (formerly the Edinr) Magazine. It contains many slanderous insinuations against the Publisher's rivals - particularly a paper entitled 'translation of a Chaldee manuscript'...
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Nov 1817 and 19 Nov 1817
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: Kirkcaldy (probably)
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 Carlyle
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 4 Dec 1795
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: Lapsed Calvinist
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Title: Blackwoods Magazine
Genre: Essays / Criticism
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: November 1817, publisher William Blackwood
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 4418  
Source - Print  
  Author: Thomas Carlyle
  Editor: C R Sanders
  Title: The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle
  Place of Publication: Durham, South Carolina
  Date of Publication: 1970
  Vol: 1
  Page: 115-6
  Additional comments: Taken from letter from Thomas Carlyle to James Johnston, written at Kirkcaldy, dated 20th November 1817.

Citation: Thomas Carlyle, C R Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (Durham, South Carolina, 1970), 1, p. 115-6,, accessed: 10 June 2023

Additional comments:

Carlyle does not specifically state when he read it, but the passage seems to imply that he did, and he was a reader of the magazine. Refer also RED entry 2934 for another reference to the Chaldee Manuscript.



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