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Record 5059

Reading Experience:

I send you by George (who in Fred?s absence on business, is kind enough to be the bearer of this) the volume which contains the Life of Savage. I have turned down the leaf. Now do read it attentively; if you do, I know from your excellent understanding you will be delighted. If you slur it, you will think it dry.
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Oct 1835 and 31 Oct 1835
Country: UK
Time: morning
Place: London
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:Charles Dickens
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 7 Feb 1812
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: Journalist, writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: UK
Country of experience: UK
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Samuel Johnson
Title: An account of the life of Mr. Richard Savage
Genre: Biography
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Originally published 1744
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 5059  
Source - Print  
  Author: Charles Dickens
  Editor: Madeline House
  Title: The letters of Charles Dickens
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1965
  Vol: 1
  Page: 85
  Additional comments: Additional editor: Graham Storey. The Pilgrim edition. Letter to Catherine Hogarth from Charles Dickens dated 29/10/1835.

Citation: Charles Dickens, Madeline House (ed.), The letters of Charles Dickens (Oxford, 1965), 1, p. 85,, accessed: 18 January 2022

Additional comments:

Although this does not prove that Catherine Hogarth read the book, the very fact that Dickens advised her to do so indicates that he himself has read it.



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