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

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Record Number: 2369


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'As a boy V.S. Pritchett read Oliver Twist "in a state of hot horror, It seized me because it was about London and the fears of the London streets. There were big boys at school who could grow up to be the Artful Dodger; many of us could have been Oliver...". Pritchett read Thackeray for escape, "a taste of the gentler life of better-off people", but in Dickens "I saw myself and my life in London".'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

From: 1910

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: London

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:

Victor Sawdon Pritchett

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

16 Dec 1900

Socio-Economic Group:

Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder

Occupation:

son of salesman

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:

Charles Dickens

Title:

Oliver Twist

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

2369

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:

112

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes, (New Haven, 2001), p. 112, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=2369, accessed: 27 February 2020


Additional Comments:

See V.S.Pritchett, 'Cab at the Door', p.109

   
   
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