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Record 864

Reading Experience:

"[William and Dorothy Wordsworth] probably read [the Decameron] together as he tutored her in Italian [1796] ... " This "consistent" with W[ordsworth]'s remark in Nov. 1805 to Walter Scott (followed by reference to Fourth "Day" of the Decameron): "'It is many years since I saw Boccae ...' Later in the letter W[ordsworth] quotes Boccacio from memory, showing that he knew the Decameron well."
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 1795 and 1796
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:

Reading Group:William and Dorothy Wordsworth
Age Unknown
Gender Unknown
Date of Birth n/a
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: William was using the book to tutor his sister in Italian


Text Being Read:

Author: Giovanni Boccaccio
Title: Il Decamerone
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 864  
Source - Print  
  Author: Duncan Wu
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Wordsworth's Reading 1770-1799
  Place of Publication: n/a
  Date of Publication: 1993
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 16-17
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Duncan Wu, Wordsworth's Reading 1770-1799 (1993), p. 16-17,, accessed: 21 June 2024

Additional comments:

Information from entry 30 (ii) in Wu, Wordsworth's Reading 1770-1791.



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