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Record 5561

Reading Experience:

"An unknown reader inclined to be sarcastic at Boswell's expense in a British Library copy of the 1829 edition [of the Life of Johnson] ... goes to some pains to record a moment of agreement with Johnson's protest ' [...] What is climate to happiness? Place me in the heart of Asia, should I not be exiled?' This the reader confirms by his own example: '15th Novr on the Nile -- how often have I found this realised' (p.198)."
Century: 1800-1849, 1850-1899
Date: unknown
Country: n/a
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
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:

Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Unknown
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Unknown/NA
Occupation: n/a
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: James Boswell
Title: The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D
Genre: Biography
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Ed. E. Malone. London: Jones, 1829
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 5561  
Source - Print  
  Author: H. J. Jackson
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Marginalia: Readers Writing in Books
  Place of Publication: New Haven
  Date of Publication: 2001
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 177
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: H. J. Jackson, Marginalia: Readers Writing in Books (New Haven, 2001), p. 177,, accessed: 25 July 2024

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