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Record Number: 28730


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Mary Taylor to her schoolfriend Ellen Nussey, 11 March 1851:

'How we work! and lift, and carry, and knock boxes open as if we were carpenters by trade; and sit down in the midst of the mess when we are quite tired [...] and find it is the middle of the afternoon and we've forgotten our dinner! And then we settle to have some tea and eggs, and go on reading letters all the time we're eating, and don't give over working till bedtime, and take a new number of "David Copperfield" to bed with us and drop asleep at the second page.'

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1851 and 11 Mar 1851

Country:

New Zealand

Time

n/anight

Place:

city: Wellington

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:

Mary Taylor

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

26 Feb 1817

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Author and shop-keeper

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

New Zealand

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Charles Dickens

Title:

David Copperfield (instalments)

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Serial / periodical

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

28730

Source:

Print

Author:

n/a

Editor:

Thomas James Wise and John Alexander Symington

Title:

The Brontes: Their Lives, Friendships and Correspondence

Place of Publication:

Oxford

Date of Publication:

1980

Vol:

2:3

Page:

212

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Thomas James Wise and John Alexander Symington (ed.), The Brontes: Their Lives, Friendships and Correspondence, (Oxford, 1980), 2:3, p. 212, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=28730, accessed: 18 February 2020


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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