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

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Record Number: 2366


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'At the close of the nineteenth century, on a farm in Derbyshire Peak District, Robinson Crusoe was read aloud every winter and never palled on the audience. As Alison Uttley remembered, it was even more popular than Pilgrim's Progress: "Christian on his journey met giants and evil men, but Robinson Crusoe fought against the elements, the wind and rain, lightning and tempest, droughts and floods. He lived a life they could understand, catching the food he ate, sowing and reaping corn, making bread, taming beasts... The family shared the life of Robinson Crusoe, hoping and fearing with him, experiencing his sorrows..."'

Century:

1850-1899, 1900-1945

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1895 and 31 Dec 1900

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

county: Derbyshire Peak District

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:

Listener:

Alison Uttley

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

1884

Socio-Economic Group:

Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder

Occupation:

farmer's daughter, later writer

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

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

family


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:

2366

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:

110

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes, (New Haven, 2001), p. 110, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=2366, accessed: 30 November 2021


Additional Comments:

See Alison Uttley, 'The Farm on the Hill' (London, 1941) Ch.3

   
   
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