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

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Record Number: 5222


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Jonathan Rose, "How Historians Study Reader Response: or, What did Jo Think of Bleak House?": " ... some of ... [Dickens's readers] found it difficult to share his anguish over the hardships of the clerkly classes. Growing up in the depressed steelworks town of Merthyr Tydfil between the world wars, some poor schoolboys were a bit baffled when their teacher read them A Christmas Carol: ' ... we never could understand why it was considered why Bob Cratchit was hard done by -- a good job, we all thought he had.'"

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 11 11 1918 and 01 09 1939

Country:

Wales

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Merthyr Tydfil
other location: school

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:

Reader:

anon

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Unknown

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Teacher

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

n/a

Country of Experience:

Wales

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

schoolboys


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Charles Dickens

Title:

A Christmas Carol

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

5222

Source:

Print

Author:

n/a

Editor:

John O. and Robert L. Jordan and Patten

Title:

Literature in the Marketplace: Nineteenth-Century British Publishing and Reading Practices

Place of Publication:

Cambridge

Date of Publication:

1995

Vol:

n/a

Page:

208

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

John O. and Robert L. Jordan and Patten (ed.), Literature in the Marketplace: Nineteenth-Century British Publishing and Reading Practices, (Cambridge, 1995), p. 208, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=5222, accessed: 29 February 2020


Additional Comments:

Quotation from R. L. Lee, The Town That Died (London, 1975) 88.

   
   
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