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Record 997

Reading Experience:

"[in 29.10.1828 letter to Alexander Dyce] ... W[ordsworth] recalls that 'in 1788 the Ode was first printed from Dr Carlyle's copy, with Mr Mackenzie's supplemental lines - and was extensively circulated through the English newspapers, in which I remember to have read it with great pleasure upon its first appearance.'"
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 1 Jan 1788 and 31 Dec 1788
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 Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 7 Apr 1770
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: n/a
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 Collins
Title: An Ode on the Popular Superstitions of the Highlands of Scotland
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Newspaper
Publication details: 1788
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 997  
Source - Print  
  Author: Duncan Wu
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Wordsworth's Reading 1770-1799
  Place of Publication: Cambridge
  Date of Publication: 1993
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 34
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Duncan Wu, Wordsworth's Reading 1770-1799 (Cambridge, 1993), p. 34,, accessed: 07 February 2023

Additional comments:

Noted in entry 58 (iii) of Wu, Wordsworth's Reading 1770-1799, where it is also noted that this Ode appeared in newspapers including the European Magazine 13 (1788), the Gazeteer, 4 April 1788, and the London Chronicle, 1-3 and 3-5 April 1788.



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