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Record 8020

Reading Experience:

'I am amusing myself with Miss Austin's [sic] novels. She has great power and discrimination in delineating common-place people; and her writings are a capital picture of real life, with all the little wheels and machinery laid bare like a patent clock. But she explains and fills out too much. Those who have not power to fill up gaps and bridge over chasms as they read, must therefore take particular delight in such minuteness of detail. It is a kind of Bowditch's Laplace in the romantic astronomy. But readers of lively imagination naturally prefer the original with its unexplained steps, which they so readily supply.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: 23 May 1839
Country: unknown
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:Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 27 Feb 1807
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Poet
Religion: Christian
Country of origin: America
Country of experience: unknown
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Jane Austen
Title: [novels]
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 8020  
Source - Print  
  Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  Editor: Samuel Longfellow
  Title: Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, with extracts from his journals and correspondence
  Place of Publication: Boston, MA
  Date of Publication: 1886
  Vol: 1
  Page: 323
  Additional comments: Journal entry, 23 May 1839

Citation: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Samuel Longfellow (ed.), Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, with extracts from his journals and correspondence (Boston, MA, 1886), 1, p. 323,, accessed: 21 January 2022

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