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Record Number: 33716


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'As a reader he [the Hudson children's tutor, a Mr Trigg] certainly was great, and every evening, when the evenings were long, he would give a two hours’ reading to the household. Dickens was then the most popular writer in the world, and he usually read Dickens, to the delight of his listeners. Here he could display his histrionic qualities to the full. He impersonated every character in the book, endowing him with voice, gestures,manner, and expression that fitted him perfectly. It was more like a play than a reading.'

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

Between 1847 and 1849

Country:

Argentina

Time

evening: summer evenings only, when light enough

Place:

county: Chascomus District, south of Buenos Aires
specific address: Las Acacias
location in dwelling: parlour/sitting room/verandah

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary reactive unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Listener:

William Henry Hudson

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

4 Aug 1841

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Child

Religion:

Protestant

Country of Origin:

Argentina

Country of Experience:

Argentina

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

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

33716

Source:

Print

Author:

William Henry Hudson

Editor:

n/a

Title:

Far Away and Long Ago: A History of My Early Life

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1918

Vol:

n/a

Page:

29

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

William Henry Hudson, Far Away and Long Ago: A History of My Early Life, (London, 1918), p. 29, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=33716, accessed: 25 February 2020


Additional Comments:

This is reading/listening remembered 70 years later. The Hudson family had at least 400 books at their ranch (see source text p.298). Hudson refers (p. 27) to 'Mr Pickwick' which makes it very likely that the Dickens readings included 'Pickwick Papers'. Hudson's formal education was minimal: the family unsuccessfully employed 3 tutors in rapid succession, and the young Hudson in fact spent much of his childhood roaming the pampas on horseback.

   
   
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