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Record 5432

Reading Experience:

"It was about this period that Mike, the dwarf waiter, fell ill. His mistress and others of her family being worn out by watching, the landlady appealed to me to take a turn. I at once consented, and the widow, much pleased, set about mixing me grog for the night. I asked to be allowed to glance over her library, and, from its contents, I selected "Young's Night Thoughts." This I managed to finish before morning, and never was book read to greater advantage. The moans, occasional ravings and wanderings of my poor little friend and former schoolfellow enabled me to realise beauties that I had failed to see in a previous perusal."
Century: 1800-1849
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: night: through the night
Place: county: Middlesex
other location: a public house
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
passive in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:John Bedford Leno
Age Unknown
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: apprentice journeyman [printer]; later Chartist poet, painter and printer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Mike, a dwarf waiter
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Edward Young
Title: Night Thoughts
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: read in situ


Source Information:

Record ID: 5432  
Source - Print  
  Author: John Bedford Leno
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The Aftermath: with Autobiography of the Author, John Bedford Leno
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1892
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 21
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: John Bedford Leno, The Aftermath: with Autobiography of the Author, John Bedford Leno (London, 1892), p. 21,, accessed: 25 July 2024

Additional comments:

This is clearly a re-reading of Young's Night Thoughts.



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