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Record 5988

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
'On 9 April 1792 Anna Margaretta Larpent rose at 7.30, a little earlier than her usual, "spent some time", as she described it, '"n self examination", and then read two chapters of that blistering critique of the British constitution, Thomas Paine's "Rights of Man", before sitting down to breakfast.'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: 9 Apr 1792
Country: England
Time: morning: before breakfast
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)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: Thomas Paine
Title: Rights of man
Genre: Politics, Philosophy
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 5988  
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: 229
  Additional comments: Editors James Raven, Helen Small and Naomi Tadmor.

Citation: John Brewer, James Raven (ed.), The practice and representation of reading in England, essay entitled 'Reconstructing the reader' (Cambridge, 1996), p. 229, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=5988, accessed: 26 January 2022

Additional comments:

Brewer gets his information from Larpent's diary, Huntington Museum HM 31201

 

 

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