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

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Record Number: 3225


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Neville Cardus was born in 1889 in Rusholme, Manchester, the illegitimate son of a police constable's daughter and the first violinist of a visiting orchestra. He ... ended his formal education at 13 but, from this difficult childhood, he treasured one great moment: "I discovered Charles Dickens and went crazy. I borrowed Copperfield from the Municipal Library and the ordinary universe became unreal ... I read at meals, I read in the streets; at night I would read under the lamps ... I read in bed ..."'

Century:

1850-1899

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:

Neville Cardus

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

1889

Socio-Economic Group:

Unknown/NA

Occupation:

child

Religion:

unknown

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:

David Copperfield

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

borrowed (public library)


Source Information:

Record ID:

3225

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:

196

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Philip Waller, Writers, Readers, and Reputations: Literary Life in Britain 1870-1918, (Oxford, 2006), p. 196, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=3225, accessed: 11 July 2020


Additional Comments:

Quotation from Neville Cardus, Autobiography (1947).

   
   
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