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Record Number: 5056


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

And here I am on a wet Sunday looking out of a damned large bow window at the rain as it falls into the puddles opposite, wondering when it will be dinner time, and cursing my folly in having put no books into my portmanteau. The only book I have seen here, is one which lies upon the sofa. It is entitled ?Field Exercises and Evolutions of the Army by Sir Henry Torrens.? I have read it through so often, that I am sure I could drill a hundred recruits from memory.

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1835 and 11 Jan 1835

Country:

UK

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Chelmsford
specific address: Black Boy Hotel

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:

Charles Dickens

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

7 Feb 1812

Socio-Economic Group:

Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder

Occupation:

Journalist, writer

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

UK

Country of Experience:

UK

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Henry Torrens [Sir]

Title:

Field exercises and evolutions of the army

Genre:

Textbook / self-education, Military history

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

1824

Provenance

Found


Source Information:

Record ID:

5056

Source:

Print

Author:

Charles Dickens

Editor:

Madeline House

Title:

The letters of Charles Dickens

Place of Publication:

Oxford

Date of Publication:

1965

Vol:

1

Page:

54

Additional Comments:

Additional editor: Graham Storey. The Pilgrim edition. Letter to Thomas Beard from Charles Dickens dated 11/01/1835.

Citation:

Charles Dickens, Madeline House (ed.), The letters of Charles Dickens, (Oxford, 1965), 1, p. 54, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=5056, accessed: 06 March 2021


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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