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Record 55

Reading Experience:

'My father is now reading the Midnight Bell, which he has got from the library, and mother sitting by the fire.'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: 24 Oct 1798
Country: England
Time: evening: after 5:45pm
Place: city: Dartford
specific address: Bull and George public house
location in dwelling: private sitting room
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary reactive unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:George Austen
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1731
Socio-economic group: Clergy (includes all denominations)
Occupation: clergyman
Religion: Church of England
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Jane Austen, Mrs Austen
Additional comments: Father of Jane Austen


Text Being Read:

Author: Francis Lathom
Title: Midnight Bell, a German Story, Founded on Incidents in Real Life
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: published 1798
Provenance: Borrowed (circulating library)


Source Information:

Record ID: 55  
Source - Print  
  Author: Jane Austen
  Editor: Deirdre Le Faye
  Title: Jane Austen's Letters
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1995
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 15
  Additional comments: Letter from Jane to Cassandra Austen, 24 October 1798

Citation: Jane Austen, Deirdre Le Faye (ed.), Jane Austen's Letters (Oxford, 1995), p. 15,, accessed: 26 January 2023

Additional comments:



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