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 √ Century of ExperienceEvidenceName of Reader / Listener / Reading GroupAuthor of TextTitle of TextForm of Text
1850-1899"Robert Blatchford, growing up in Halifax in the 1860s, read from the penny library there Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, Southey's Life of Nelson, Dickens's The Old Curiosity S...Robert Blatchford Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1900-1945[A Sheffield Survey organised by Arnold Freeman in 1918, assessing 816 manual workers, gives the following case:] 'Private in an infantry regiment, formerly a skilled pai...questionaire respondent Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1850-1899"I began Robinson Crusoe with Laura. I think that she will be up to it & we made a pretty good start."Leslie Stephen Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1850-1899'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 rememb...Henry Rider Haggard Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
'East End socialist Walter Southgate remembered that Dick Turpin and Buffalo Bill stories "were condemned by our teachers (all from middle class backgrounds) who would co...Walter Southgate Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1800-1849"And how fared the growth of this child's mind the while? Thanks to the care of his mother, who had sent him to the penny school, he had learnt to read, and the desire to...Gerald Massey Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1800-1849'Robert Collyer grew up in a blacksmith's home with only a few books - "Pilgrim's Progress", "Robinson Crusoe", Goldsmith's histories of England and Rome - but their basi...Robert Collyer Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1900-1945'W.J. Brown was introduced to literature by "Robinson Crusoe", "She", "The Last of the Mohicans", and "Around the World in Eighty Days", and he never moved far beyond tha...William John Brown Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
'[Howard] Spring was the son of a Cardiff gardener who bought his children secondhand copies of "Tom Jones" and "Swiss Family Robinson", and read aloud from "Pilgrim's Pr...Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1800-1849'I got my [first] peep into "Robinson Crusoe" and the "Arabian Nights" at the home of an old uncle of mine. But even though these two wonderful books have been read and e...William Tinsley Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
?At length, "Robinson Crusoe" ? that ever-exciting day dream of boys ? fell in our way. I read it to him, as I had done the others, and for a long time both Sam?s ideas a...Samuel Bamford Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
'In this way I beguiled many a tedious hour at the time I am now referring to, and also during several years following, towards the close of which I thus contrived to rea...Thomas Carter Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1700-1799'Among these books was a brief abstract of that amusing story "Robinson Crusoe", which I read with much eagerness and satisfaction. I only regretted its brevity, for I be...Thomas Carter Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1800-1849'I now became anxious to read all that came in any way, and like most juveniles, felt a deep interest in the reading of "Robinson Crusoe", Philip Quarll, Boyle's Travels,...Christopher Thomson Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
'the diverse collection of literature that Christopher Thomson, a sometime shipwright, actor and housepainter, worked his way through [...] included adventure stories suc...Christopher Thomson Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1800-1849'Charles Shaw's dependance upon a small Sunday school library in Tunstall [...] imparted a magnificent if involuntary scope to his education: '"I read "Robinson Crusoe...Charles Shaw Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1800-1849'Jenny & James [the Austen's servants] are walked to Charmouth this afternoon; - I am glad to have such an amusement for him - as I am very anxious for his being at once ...James anon Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1800-1849[Marginalia]Samuel Taylor Coleridge Daniel DefoeThe Life and Adventures of Robinson CrusoePrint: Book
1900-1945'Until then, all the books I possessed had been children's annuals and the like. Except for "Robinson Crusoe", very few of the children's classics had come my way. I had ...Norman Nicholson Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1850-1899'Later on I found at the bottom of a cupboard some of volumes -Addison's "Spectator", Pope's "Homer", and a few other things. My grandmother -who also devoured books in g...Thomas A. Jackson Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book

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