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Record 9451

Reading Experience:

Joanna Baillie to Mary Berry, 9 June 1828: 'I have read your "View of the Social Life, &c.," twice; and it has lost nothing, but rather gained, on the second perusal. The style is clear and scholar-like [...] it is written in a good spirit of liberality and rectitude, and it abounds in excellent observations concisely and cleverly expressed' [goes on to express reservations, among these being that Berry's account of Voltaire's mistress Madame du Chatelet "rather offends as to that delicacy which is expected in the writings of a woman"].
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 24 Apr 1828 and 9 Jun 1828
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:Joanna Baillie
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 11 Sep 1762
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: Anglican
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Mary Berry
Title: The Comparative View of Social Life in France and England (vol.1)
Genre: Geography / Travel
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: April 1828
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 9451  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Lady Theresa Lewis
  Title: Extracts of the Journals and Correspondence of Miss Berry from the Year 1783 to 1852
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1865
  Vol: 3
  Page: 371
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Lady Theresa Lewis (ed.), Extracts of the Journals and Correspondence of Miss Berry from the Year 1783 to 1852 (London, 1865), 3, p. 371,, accessed: 10 December 2023

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