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Record 5984

Reading Experience:

'Though Anna studied pious works almost constantly, she almost never commented in her diary on her religious reading ... Anna's daily examination of the scriptures or of a religious work was a private act of self scrutiny intended to strengthen her moral resolve and Christian faith... It was not a subject for polite conversation, like so much other material... In the 1790s she was still reading the sermons that she had first encountered twenty years earlier. In short, she conformed to the model of the isolated, absorbed, individual reader, cut off from the world by her immersion in the text.'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: 19 Feb
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:Anna Larpent
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1758
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Diplomat's daughter and civil servant's wife
Religion: unknown
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:

Title: [sermons]
Genre: Sermon, Other religious
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 5984  
Source - Print  
  Author: John Brewer
  Editor: James Raven
  Title: The practice and representation of reading in England, essay entitled 'Reconstructing the reader'
  Place of Publication: Cambridge
  Date of Publication: 1996
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 239
  Additional comments: Editors James Raven, Helen Small and Naomi Tadmor. Anna notably read Tillotson's sermons.

Citation: John Brewer, James Raven (ed.), The practice and representation of reading in England, essay entitled 'Reconstructing the reader' (Cambridge, 1996), p. 239,, accessed: 26 January 2022

Additional comments:

Brewer is basing his assertion on Larpent's diary, Huntington Museum, HM 31201



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