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Record 8518

Reading Experience:

Felicia Browne to Matthew Nicholson, 17 July 1811: 'I have been reading lately the memoirs of Sir Joshua Reynolds, with his discourses to the Royal Academy, & I am so enthusiastic an admirer of the beauties of painting, that I derived both pleasure and instruction from the perusal [...] I have also [underlined]been guilty[end underlined] of reading a [underlined]Romance[end underlined] [...] It is "The Scottish Chiefs," by Miss Porter, & though I am by no means an Advocate for [underlined]Historical[end underlined] Novels as they bewilder our ideas, by confounding truth with fiction, yet this animated Authoress has painted her Hero [...] in such glowing colours, that you cannot avoid catching a spark of her own enthusiasm".
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jul 1811 and 17 Jul 1811
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:Felicia Browne
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 25 Sep 1793
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
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 Porter
Title: The Scottish Chiefs
Genre: Fiction, History
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: First published 1810
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 8518  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Susan J. Wolfson
  Title: Felicia Hemans: Selected Poems, Letters, Reception Materials
  Place of Publication: Princeton
  Date of Publication: 2000
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 476
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Susan J. Wolfson (ed.), Felicia Hemans: Selected Poems, Letters, Reception Materials (Princeton, 2000), p. 476,, accessed: 16 June 2024

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