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Record 6432

Reading Experience:

'In December 1810 a box of books arrived and the family began to read a novel which they "liked very much". This book is "Modern Philosophy", whose anti-heroine, "Miss Biddy Botherin", who made them "laugh a good deal", is a devotee of radical Godwinian philosophy, a satirical portrait probably combining elements of Mary Hays and Mary Wollstonecraft.' [Grove is resisting her then-fiance Shelley's philosophy and aesthetics].
Century: 1800-1849
Date: From: 1 Dec 1810
Country: ?
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:Harriet Grove
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 2 Oct
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: unknown
Religion: unknown
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: ?
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Family group, presumably.
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Elizabeth Hamilton
Title: Memoirs of modern philosophers
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 6432  
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: 98-9
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jacqueline Pearson, Women's reading in Britain, 1750-1835. A dangerous recreation. (Cambridge, 1999), p. 98-9,, accessed: 24 January 2022

Additional comments:

See Kenneth Neill Cameron (ed.) Shelley and his circle 1773-1822, Vol 2, p. 596.



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