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Record Number: 5137


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

"John Clare listed the material which he encountered as he learnt his letters in his Northamptonshire parish as the nineteenth century commenced: "'About now all my stock of learning was gleaned from the Sixpenny Romances of 'Cinderella', 'Little Red Riding Hood', 'Jack and the bean Stalk', 'Zig Zag', 'Prince Cherry', etc and great was the pleasure, pain, or supprise increased by allowing them authenticity, for I firmly believed every page I read ...'"

Century:

1700-1799, 1800-1849

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:

John Clare

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Labourer (agricultural)

Occupation:

n/a

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:

Title:

Cinderella

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Unknown, "Sixpenny Romance"

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

5137

Source:

Print

Author:

David Vincent

Editor:

n/a

Title:

The Rise of Mass Literacy: Reading and Writing in Moderrn Europe

Place of Publication:

Oxford

Date of Publication:

2000

Vol:

n/a

Page:

119

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

David Vincent, The Rise of Mass Literacy: Reading and Writing in Moderrn Europe, (Oxford, 2000), p. 119, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=5137, accessed: 27 May 2022


Additional Comments:

Quotation from J. Clare, "Sketches in the Life of John Clare", in E. Robinson, ed., John Clare's Autobiographical Writings (Oxford, 1983) 5.

   
   
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