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Record 9879

Reading Experience:

'One thing, however, yet remains to us & dares to baffle all the wickedness of the Ministry, the tyranny of the Crown, & the various horrours of these ruinous times, ?Manuscript tragedies are yet Handed about to be read & Country Parsons are yet left to Write them. One of these we had last Night the happiness of hearing,? the Author is Tutor to a Nephew of Sir Philip Clerke, ?I shall not pretend either to praise or to censure his Piece, but content myself with giving You a specimen of his ingenuousness ? "If", says he, "any one asserts that my Play is barren of incident,?it is no more than I know already,?but I can?t help it,?for I could find none in The History from which I took it". It is called, from its Hero, Timoleon.'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: 25 Apr 1780
Country: England
Time: evening
Place: city: Bath
county: Somerset
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary reactive unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Listener:Frances Burney
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 13 Jun 1752
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: writer
Religion: Christian
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Miss Playdell, Mrs Lambert, Mrs Thrale. Not clear who is actually reading.
Additional comments: She may have been both reading and listening


Text Being Read:

Author: Rev. George Butt
Title: Timoleon
Genre: Drama
Form of Text: Manuscript: Sheet
Publication details: the play was not produced
Provenance: borrowed (other)
from the author


Source Information:

Record ID: 9879  
Source - Print  
  Author: Fanny Burney
  Editor: Betty Rizzo
  Title: The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney
  Place of Publication: London: Oxford University Press
  Date of Publication: 2003
  Vol: IV
  Page: 71
  Additional comments: In a letter to Samuel Johnson from Fanny Burney, [26] April [1780] from Bath

Citation: Fanny Burney, Betty Rizzo (ed.), The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney (London: Oxford University Press, 2003), IV, p. 71,, accessed: 19 July 2024

Additional comments:

Frances Burney recounts this reading in another letter



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