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Record 9229

Reading Experience:

'An example of vivid, if not particularly fair, criticism occurs in a letter from Lady Hertford to the countess of Pomfret in 1739. "Mr Pope has seen fit to publish a new volume of poems. It contains his 'Sober Advice', 'Seventeen Hundred and Thirty-Eight', his 'Epistle to Augustus', and several things which he had sold singly... I presume [the poem "Engraved on the collar of a dog which I gave to his royal highness"] is to prove that he can descend into Bathos, with the same alacrity that he has formerly soared to the summit of Parnassus'.
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 1 Jan 1739 and 31 Dec 1739
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:Lady Hertford
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Royalty / aristocracy
Occupation: unknown
Religion: Unknown
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: Alexander Pope
Title: [volume of poems]
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 9229  
Source - Print  
  Author: Claudia Thomas
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Alexander Pope and his Eighteenth-Century Women Readers
  Place of Publication: Carbondale and Edwardsville
  Date of Publication: 1994
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 71
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Claudia Thomas, Alexander Pope and his Eighteenth-Century Women Readers (Carbondale and Edwardsville, 1994), p. 71,, accessed: 29 June 2022

Additional comments:



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