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Record 5122

Reading Experience:

'Moore's Lallah Rookh & Byron's Childe Harold canto fourth formed an odd mixture with these speculations. It was foolish, you may think, to exchange the truths of philosophy, for the airy nothings of these sweet singers: but I could not help it. Do not fear that I will spend some time in criticising the tulip-cheek.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 25 Apr 1818 and 25 May 1818
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Kirkcaldy
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 / Academic
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:

Author: Thomas Moore
Title: Lalla Rookh
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: First published Paris, 1817.
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 5122  
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: 129
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Thomas Carlyle, C R Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (Durham, South Carolina, 1970), 1, p. 129,, accessed: 16 April 2024

Additional comments:

Taken from letter from Carlyle to Robert Mitchell, dated 25th May 1818, written at Kirkcaldy. Pages 126 - 130 in this edition. Estimated dates of reading experience based on a reference that Carlyle makes in a letter to James Johnston dated 30th April 1818, that Mitchell came to stay with him 'the other week'.



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