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

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Record Number: 4964


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Though miners' MP Robert Smillie surreptitiously gorged on Dick Turpin and Three Fingered Jack as a boy, they... "led to better things": by fourteen he had seen RIchard III, read some of the Sonnets, discovered Burns, Scott and Dickens.'

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1857 and 31 Dec 1872

Country:

n/a

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:

Robert Smillie

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

1857

Socio-Economic Group:

Labourer (non-agricultural)

Occupation:

miner, later MP

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

n/a

Country of Experience:

n/a

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Charles Dickens

Title:

[unknown]

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

4964

Source:

Print

Author:

Jonathan Rose

Editor:

n/a

Title:

The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes

Place of Publication:

New Haven

Date of Publication:

2001

Vol:

n/a

Page:

368

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes, (New Haven, 2001), p. 368, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=4964, accessed: 19 September 2020


Additional Comments:

See Robert Smillie, 'Life for Labour', p.15

   
   
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