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

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Record Number: 3213


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Andrew Lang, in Adventures Among Books, on being introduced to Dickens: 'I had minded my lessons, and satisfied my teachers -- I know I was reading Pinnock's "History of Rome" for pleasure -- till ... I felt a "call", and underwent a process which may be described as the opposite of "conversion". The call came from Dickens. Pickwick was brought into the house ... I read "Pickwick" in convulsions of mirth. I dropped Pinnock's "Rome" for good.'

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

unknown

Country:

unknown

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:

Andrew Lang

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

1844

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

author, critic

Religion:

unknown

Country of Origin:

Scotland

Country of Experience:

unknown

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Charles Dickens

Title:

The Pickwick Papers

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

3213

Source:

Print

Author:

Philip Waller

Editor:

n/a

Title:

Writers, Readers, and Reputations: Literary Life in Britain 1870-1918

Place of Publication:

Oxford

Date of Publication:

2006

Vol:

n/a

Page:

189-90

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Philip Waller, Writers, Readers, and Reputations: Literary Life in Britain 1870-1918, (Oxford, 2006), p. 189-90, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=3213, accessed: 25 February 2020


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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