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Record 5985

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
'She used passages from Defoe's "Tour through the whole island of Great Britain" to prepare her two boys for a visit to Windsor Castle in 1792: "I did it", she wrote, "that they might have their observation raised when we carried them there. There is a great difference between showing and seeing - the one is merely Corporeal the other unites the mental to the bodily powers and lays in a stock of ideas". [reading aloud for didactic purposes].
Century: 1700-1799
Date: 19 Aug 1792
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)
Larpent's two sons
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: Daniel Defoe
Title: Tour through the whole island of Great Britain
Genre: Geography / Travel
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 5985  
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: 241
  Additional comments: Editors James Raven, Helen Small and Naomi Tadmor. Date 19 August 1792.

Citation: John Brewer, James Raven (ed.), The practice and representation of reading in England, essay entitled 'Reconstructing the reader' (Cambridge, 1996), p. 241, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=5985, accessed: 26 January 2022

Additional comments:

Brewer is drawing from Larpent's diary, Huntington Museum, HM 31201

 

 

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