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Record 5823

Reading Experience:

'Burney haunted the Thrales' library at Streatham, hiding her book when a man appeared: "she instantly put away [her] book", in this instance a translation of Cicero, when Mr Steward entered the library, or hid under her gloves his "Life of Waller" when Johnson approached.'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: location in dwelling: in Thrales' library
other location: Thrales' library in Streatham
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 13 Jun 1752
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Cicero
Title: [unknown]
Genre: Classics
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: read in situ


Source Information:

Record ID: 5823  
Source - Print  
  Author: Jacqueline Pearson
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Women's reading in Britain, 1750-1835. A dangerous recreation.
  Place of Publication: Cambridge
  Date of Publication: 1999
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 132
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jacqueline Pearson, Women's reading in Britain, 1750-1835. A dangerous recreation. (Cambridge, 1999), p. 132,, accessed: 21 July 2024

Additional comments:

See Charlotte Barret (ed), Diary and letters of Madame d'Arblay (1842-6), Vol 1, p. 22.



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