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Record 5891

Reading Experience:

'In 1782 Hester Thrale read the Spectator to her daughters, who found hilariously improper the "Idea of a Lady saying her Stomach ach'd, or that something stuck between her teeth".'
Century: 1700-1799
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 reactive unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Hester Thrale
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 16 Jan 1741
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)
Her daughters.
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Joseph Addison
Title: The spectator
Genre: Essays / Criticism
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 5891  
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: 22
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jacqueline Pearson, Women's reading in Britain, 1750-1835. A dangerous recreation. (Cambridge, 1999), p. 22,, accessed: 06 February 2023

Additional comments:

See Katherine C Balderston (ed), Thraliana: the diary of Mrs Hester Lynch Thrale (later Mrs Piozzi) 1726-1809 (Oxford, 1942).



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