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Record 6619

Reading Experience:

'I have no enthusiasm-cui bono? I always ask myself. It would be irksome, & impossible, in this state of my sheet, to criticise the elegant and ingenious rather than powerful or philosophical narrative which Horace Benedict Saussure gives of his journeys in the Alps. I am in the third quarto-'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 27 Nov 1818 and 8 Jan 1819
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Edinburgh
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:Thomas Carlyle
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 4 Dec 1795
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer / Academic
Religion: Lapsed Calvinist
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Horace Benedict Saussure
Title: Voyage dans les Alpes
Genre: Geography / Travel
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Neuchatel, 1779-96
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 6619  
Source - Print  
  Author: Thomas Carlyle
  Editor: CR Sanders
  Title: The Collected letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle
  Place of Publication: Durham, North Carolina
  Date of Publication: 1970
  Vol: 1
  Page: 158
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Thomas Carlyle, CR Sanders (ed.), The Collected letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (Durham, North Carolina, 1970), 1, p. 158,, accessed: 21 May 2024

Additional comments:

Taken from letter from Carlyle to James Johnston, dated 8th January 1819, written at Edinburgh. Pages 155-159 in this edition. Dates of reading based on his mentioning the work in a letter to Robert Mitchell dated 27th November 1818, in which he states that he has got the book and intends to read it, and the date of the current letter. Publication information given by Editor of this edition of Carlyle's letters.



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