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Record 872

Reading Experience:

'At some point after 1828, W[ordsworth] told Alexander Dyce that he read Bowles's Fourteen Sonnets on publication: "When Bowles's Sonnets first appeared, - a thin 4to pamphlet, entitled Fourteen Sonnets, - I bought them in a walk through London with my dear brother, who was afterwards drowned at sea."'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 1 Jan 1789 and 31 Dec 1789
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: 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: William Lisle Bowles
Title: Fourteen Sonnets
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Bath, 1789 (could have been either the first or second edition, both having appeared that year)
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 872  
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: 18
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Duncan Wu, Wordsworth's Reading 1770-1799 (1993), p. 18,, accessed: 16 April 2024

Additional comments:

Information from entry 34 in Wu, Wordsworth's Reading 1770-1791. Wu discusses question of whether Wordsworth read the first or second (or both) editions of the sonnets, the second being titled Sonnets Written Chiefly on Picturesque Spots During a Tour.



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