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Record 5821

Reading Experience:

'the young Burney's paranoia about being detected in classical learning. When in 1769 she read Thucydides, she emphasised even in her private diary that she did not read "the original Greek... I think the precaution necessary!". '
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 1 Jan 1769 and 31 Dec 1769
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:

Reader:Frances Burney
Age Unknown
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1 Jan 1752
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Thucydides
Title: [unknown]
Genre: Classics, History
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 5821  
Source - Print  
  Author: Jacqueline Pearson
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Women's reading in Britain, 1750-1835
  Place of Publication: Cambridge
  Date of Publication: 1999
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 71
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jacqueline Pearson, Women's reading in Britain, 1750-1835 (Cambridge, 1999), p. 71,, accessed: 24 September 2023

Additional comments:

See Annie Raine Ellis (ed), The Early diary of Frances Burney 1768-1778 (1889) Vol 1 p. 63.



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