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Record 5883

Reading Experience:

[Shelley encouraged her to read] 'some key Romantic texts (Coleridge, Scott, Southey, Volney's "Les ruines"), radical politics ("The Rights of Man" and "The Age of Reason") and radical sexual politics (Wollstonecraft's "Vindication of the Rights of Woman" and James Lawrence's anti-marriage utopia, "The Empire of the Nairs").'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: unknown
Country: England (?)
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:Harriet Westbrook
Age Unknown
Gender Female
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: unknown
Religion: unknown
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England (?)
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: Read during her marriage to P B Shelley.


Text Being Read:

Author: Robert Southey
Title: n/a
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text:
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 5883  
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: 99
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jacqueline Pearson, Women's reading in Britain, 1750-1835. A dangerous recreation. (Cambridge, 1999), p. 99,, accessed: 30 March 2023

Additional comments:

Louise Schutz Boas, Harriet Shelley: five long years (Oxford, 1962), p. 164



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