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the experience of reading in Britain, from 1450 to 1945...

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Please fill in as much of this form as you can. Only questions 1, 2 and 3 in Section One are COMPULSORY, and should only take a few minutes to complete. However, we would like you to provide as much information as possible. In particular, we would be grateful if you would complete all of Section ONE. Links to the relevant sections of the notes for completing the form are provided, where appropriate, via the 'View notes' links.

NB: Please take time to check that the entry you wish to contribute is not already available in RED by searching the current contents.

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Section One:

Contributor's Details and Reading Experience

1. Your name and contact details

An email will be sent automatically to the address provided to acknowledge the receipt of your contribution


2. Evidence of the Reading Experience

Please use this space to quote the words that act as the evidence of the reading experience. If no quotation exists, please describe your findings here in your own words. For legal reasons, we have limited entries here to 400 words (see below note).

View notes
View notes if entering marginalia

Please note: In submitting material to RED you should be aware that we will not include anything that is in breach of copyright regulations. If you are entering direct quotations from copyrighted material and you quote more than is permitted under the Fair Dealing provisions of The Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988, we reserve the right to edit the material in whatever way we deem necessary in order to comply with the Act. In submitting material to RED you also agree to your contribution being used for educational and research purposes.

Is the evidence you entered above a translation or in its original language? If the evidence of reading was recorded in another language, you can enter that text here:



3. Source for the Reading Experience

Please select Print, Manuscript or Other

(Note: please ensure that the correct radio button is selected before you submit your form. Text entered in fields where no radio button has been selected will not be submitted to the database)

 




4. Century of Reading Experience








If you know the exact date of the reading experience, please use the first option ("Exact date") only. If you have a date range, please use the "Date range" option. Follow the link for more detailed guidance.




Day:   Month:   Year:


Day:   Month:   Year:

Day:   Month:   Year:


 click checkbox to confirm 'unknown'

 

5. Who was involved

Who was involved in the reading experience? Please select one of the following options and enter the relevant details:

(Note: please ensure that the correct radio button is selected before you submit your form. Text entered in fields where no radio button has been selected will not be submitted to the database)




Select this option if you know the identity of the person reading the text - for example, their name or a detailed description

(If you do not know the name of the reader, enter anon and then enter the further details you know about the person in the sections below)

Please enter any useful information here about the identity of the reader for example, their maiden name, any pseudonyms, any family relationships (mother of, father of, son of, etc)

If the reader was reading the text aloud, were there any listeners? If so, please enter their names in the Listener Details box below.

(If you do not know the names of the listeners, you can enter a description, e.g. servants, or classmates)


Select this option if you do not know the identity of the person reading the text aloud, but you do know the identity of the listener(s)

(If you do not know the name of the listener, enter anon and then enter the further details you know about the person in the sections below)

Please enter any useful information here about the identity of the listener for example, their maiden name, any pseudonyms, any family relationships (mother of, father of, son of, etc)

Were there any other listeners? If so, please enter their names in the Additional Listeners box below.

(If you do not know the names of the listeners, you can enter a description, e.g. servants, or classmates)


Select this option if the reading happened in a reading group, and enter the name of the group: for example, schoolboys at Eton College

Please list any distinctive characteristics of this group, including members names.



6. Text Being Read

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If you do not know the name of the author, but you do have a detailed description, eg. 'by a widow', please enter that information in the first name box. If you do not know the name of the author, please enter 'unknown'.

Please include subtitles if specified - e.g. The Marriage Offering: Or, A series of letters addressed to a young married lady; Embodying hints on the performance of household duties, and on the management of children. By a widow




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(choose as many as appropriate)
 
 



If you are only filling in Section One, you can click the review button now to go to the next page to review your data. Then you will be given the option to save this entry to the database.





Section Two:

Details of the Text Being Read

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1. Form of Text:

Please select Print, Manuscript or Unknown.

(Note: please ensure that the correct radio button is selected before you submit your form. Text entered in fields where no radio button has been selected will not be submitted to the database)



(choose as many as appropriate)
 

(choose as many as appropriate)
 





2. Publication Details:


e.g year, edition, publisher, translation


3. Provenance:

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Section Three:

Further Details

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1. Date of Birth of Reader / Listener

Note: boxes in this category can be left blank. For example, if you only know the year in which the reader / listener was born, only fill in that box.

Day:   Month:   Year:



2. Socio-Economic Group of Reader / Listener:

 



3. Occupation of Reader / Listener



4. Religion of Reader / Listener



5. Country of Origin of Reader / Listener



6. Country of Experience of Reader / Listener



7. Time of Experience of Reader / Listener

View notes

Please select as many options as appropriate. Boxes are provided beside each field for any additional information that you might like to enter.


 


 


 


 


 



8. Place of Experience of Reader / Listener

View notes

Please select as many options as appropriate and complete the accompanying box if applicable. View the notes for more detailed instructions and guidance.


 


 


 


 


 



9. Type of Experience (Reader and / or Listener)

View notes

Please select as many as appropriate from each of the following groups.





10. Additional Comments

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Please add any comments that you think are necessary. For example, 'I am not certain of the reliability of this source', 'I have not entered all the relevant reading experiences from this book or manuscript'. 'These are marginal notes in a book', 'This is editorial commentary or interjection', 'this information comes from a secondary source', 'I have transcribed the words of an interview on 23 June, 1990, with Mrs Jane Smith, born in 1920', etc.



Please click the review button to go to the next page to review your data. Then you will be given the option to save this entry to the database.




   
   
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