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Record 853

Reading Experience:

'W[ordsworth] asked [William] Mathews in Oct. 1795 to "make me a present of that vol: of Bells forgotten poetry which contains The Minstrel and Sir martyn" ... [he]included an extract from [William Julius Mickle's] Sir Martyn in the Album he compiled for Lady Mary Lowther in 1819 ... '
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 1789 and 1819
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 07 Apr 1770
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: n/a
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: John Bell
Title: Bell's Classical Arrangement of Fugitive Poetry
Genre: Poetry, Miscellany / Anthology
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Vol 10 (1789)
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 853  
Source - Print  
  Author: Duncan Wu
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Wordsworth's Reading 1770-1799
  Place of Publication: Cambridge
  Date of Publication: 1993
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 14
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Duncan Wu, Wordsworth's Reading 1770-1799 (Cambridge, 1993), p. 14,, accessed: 04 February 2023

Additional comments:

Information from entry 25 in Wu, Wordsworth's Reading 1770-1791. Wu notes that Wordsworth may already have known The Minstrel, and perhaps Sir Martyn by 1787 (so from other sources), and that Wordsworth could have first seen Mathews's copy of Bell (1789), containing these pieces, as late as 1795 stay in London - so Wordsworth's actual reading of Bell (1789) either then or afterwards uncertain, especially as Wu can only "presume" that his request for Mathews's copy was responded to.



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