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Record 8018

Reading Experience:

'...Jane Austen, who, if not the greatest, is surely the most faultless of female novelists. My uncle Southey and my father had an equally high opinion of her merits, but Mr. Wordsworth used to say that though he admitted that her novels were an admirable copy of life, he could not be interested in productions of that kind; unless the truth of nature were presented to him clarified, as it were, by the pervading light of imagination, it had scarce any attractions in his eyes...'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: unknown
Country: England
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:William Wordsworth
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 7 Apr 1770
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Poet
Religion: Church of England
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: Jane Austen
Title: unknown
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 8018  
Source - Print  
  Author: Sara Coleridge
  Editor: E. Coleridge
  Title: Memoirs and Letters of Sara Coleridge
  Place of Publication: unknown
  Date of Publication: 1873
  Vol: 1
  Page: 75
  Additional comments: Letter from Sara Coleridge to Emily Trevenan, August 1834

Citation: Sara Coleridge, E. Coleridge (ed.), Memoirs and Letters of Sara Coleridge (unknown, 1873), 1, p. 75,, accessed: 02 February 2023

Additional comments:



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