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Record 6171

Reading Experience:

'Mrs Keith of Ravelstone remembered, as a girl in London perhaps in the 1760s, hearing Aphra Behn's fiction "read aloud for the amusement of large circles of the first and most creditable in society"; in old age she tried to re-read it but, affected by the changing cultural climate, found it too embarrassing to continue.'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
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:

Listener:Mrs ? Keith (of Ravelstone)
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Unknown/NA
Occupation: unknown
Religion: unknown
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Large groups of the 'first and most creditable in society'.
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Aphra Benn
Title: Delphine
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 6171  
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: 22
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jacqueline Pearson, Women's Reading in Britain, 1750-1835. A dangerous recreation (Cambridge, 1999), p. 22,, accessed: 19 June 2024

Additional comments:

See John Gibson Lockhart's The life of sir Walter Scott (Edinburgh, 1902-03).



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