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Record 6168

Reading Experience:

'In 1816, left alone in Bath by her husband, Mary Shelley records reading "The Solitary Wanderer", Charlotte Smith's "Letters of a Solitary Wanderer" (1799), a collection of interlocking tales in which a number of suffering women relate their stories. It is the single occasion her comprehensive reading diary mentions this book, which she seems to choose at this point to express a resentful, self-pitying protest against her desertion.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1816 and 31 Dec 1816
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Bath
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:Mary Shelley
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 30 Aug 1797
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
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:

Author: Charlotte Smith
Title: Letters of a Solitary Wanderer
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 6168  
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: 93
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jacqueline Pearson, Women's Reading in Britain, 1750-1835. A dangerous recreation (Cambridge, 1999), p. 93,, accessed: 23 March 2023

Additional comments:

See Feldman and Scott-Kilvert (eds) Journals of Mary Shelley, vol 1, 135



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