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Record 7014

Reading Experience:

'While at Mitchelstown she brushed up on her French by reading Madame de Genlis's "Letters on Education", Louis Sebastien Mercier's comedy "Mon Bonnet de Nuit", and the Baroness de Montoliere's novel "Caroline de Litchfield". The first she pronounced "wonderfully clever", and it may well have proved helpful to her as a teacher; the last she described as "One of the prettiest things I have ever read", and it perhaps suggested that her own life could serve as the basis of a sentimental novel'.
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 1 Jan 1786 and 31 Dec 1787
Country: Ireland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Mitchelstown
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 Wollstonecraft
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 27 Apr 1759
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: governess, then writer
Religion: unknown
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: Ireland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Baroness de Montoliere
Title: Caroline de Litchfield
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: in French
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 7014  
Source - Print  
  Author: Mary Wollstonecraft
  Editor: Ralph M. Wardle
  Title: Collected Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft
  Place of Publication: New York
  Date of Publication: 1979
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 33
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Mary Wollstonecraft, Ralph M. Wardle (ed.), Collected Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft (New York, 1979), p. 33,, accessed: 23 June 2024

Additional comments:

evidence from Wardle's intro.



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