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Record Number: 2154


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'For John Clare [Robinson Crusoe] was "the first book of any merit I got hold of after I could read", and it set in motion an early ferment: "New ideas from the perusal of this book was now up in arms, new Crusoes and new islands of solitude was continually muttered over in my journeys to and from school".'

Century:

1700-1799, 1800-1849

Date:

unknown

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:

John Clare

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

13 Jul 1793

Socio-Economic Group:

Labourer (agricultural)

Occupation:

later poet

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Daniel Defoe

Title:

Robinson Crusoe

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

2154

Source:

Print

Author:

Jonathan Rose

Editor:

n/a

Title:

The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes

Place of Publication:

New Haven

Date of Publication:

2001

Vol:

n/a

Page:

108

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes, (New Haven, 2001), p. 108, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=2154, accessed: 30 November 2021


Additional Comments:

See John Clare 'Autobiographical Writings'. p.13

   
   
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