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

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Record Number: 4325


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Although mainly an outdoor boy Rider began to read several popular romances of the day...: "I loved those books that other boys love and I love them still. I well remember a little scene which took place when I was a child of eight or nine. Robinson Crusoe held me in its grasp and I was expected to go to church. I hid beneath a bed with Robinson Crusoe and was in due course discovered by an elder sister and governess, who, on my refusing to come out, resorted to force. Then followed a struggle that was quite Homeric. The two ladies tugged as best they might, but I clung to Crusoe and the legs of the bed, and kicked till, perfectly exhausted, they took their departure in no very Christian frame of mind, leaving me panting indeed, but triumphant".'

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

Between 1864 and 1866

Country:

England

Time

daytime: On a Sunday

Place:

city: Bradenham
county: Norfolk
location in dwelling: under a bed

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:

Henry Rider Haggard

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

22 Jun 1856

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

later barrister and writer

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:

Daniel Defoe

Title:

Robinson Crusoe

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

4325

Source:

Print

Author:

Peter Berresford Ellis

Editor:

n/a

Title:

H. Rider Haggard. A Voice from the Infinite

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1978

Vol:

n/a

Page:

23

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Peter Berresford Ellis, H. Rider Haggard. A Voice from the Infinite, (London, 1978), p. 23, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=4325, accessed: 29 November 2021


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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