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Record 5989

Reading Experience:

'In October 1792... the Larpents were reading Joseph Priestley on "The origin of government" "rather to lead conversation and observation than as a followed reading".'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 1 Oct 1792 and 31 Oct 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)
Her husband, John Larpent.
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Joseph Priestley
Title: On the origin of government
Genre: Politics, Philosophy
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 5989  
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: 242
  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. 242,, accessed: 26 January 2022

Additional comments:

Brewer gets his information from Larpent's diary, Huntington Museum HM 31201 . Larpent is reading with her husband in order to stimulate conversation, so presumably they are taking in it turns to read aloud.



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