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 √ Century of ExperienceEvidenceName of Reader / Listener / Reading GroupAuthor of TextTitle of TextForm of Text
1850-1899'A more poignant Newcastle memory came later. Settled in the town in a house of our own, we had been reading David Copperfield aloud of an evening to manma, when she ...Ernest Rhys Charles DickensDavid Copperfield
1850-1899'George Acorn, growing up in extreme poverty in London's East End, scraped together 31/2 d to buy a used copy of David Copperfield. His parents punished him when they lea...George Acorn Charles DickensDavid CopperfieldPrint: Book
1850-1899'Neville Cardus was born in 1889 in Rusholme, Manchester, the illegitimate son of a police constable's daughter and the first violinist of a visiting orchestra. He ... e...Neville Cardus Charles DickensDavid CopperfieldPrint: Book
1900-1945'When Florence Murray married in 1902, her husband, a Colne valley wool manufacturer, was a widower with a young son ... who was looked after by an aged housekeeper ['an ...Florence Murray Charles DickensDavid CopperfieldPrint: Book
Mary Paley Marshall, "What I Remember" (1947), on family ban on Dickens: 'I was grown up before I read "David Copperfield" and then it had to be in secret' (p.7).'Mary Paley Marshall Charles DickensDavid CopperfieldPrint: Book
1850-1899"Forbidden David Copperfield, Bleak House, The Heart of Midlothian, and The Vicar of Wakefield ... [H. M. Swanwick] read them none the less ... When she was lent Dante Ga...H. M. Swanwick Charles DickensDavid CopperfieldPrint: Unknown
"Vera Brittain's far from bookish home contained, in addition to the yellow-back novels which formed the main staple of her early reading, a volume entitled Household Med...Vera Brittain Charles DickensDavid CopperfieldPrint: Book
1850-1899Jonathan Rose, "How Historians Study Reader Response: or, What did Jo Think of Bleak House?": "George Acorn recalled that, growing up in extreme poverty in London's East ...George Acorn Charles DickensDavid CopperfieldPrint: Book
'David Copperfield was puzzling, too. He was a 'posthumous child' and was born with a 'caul'. The French dictionary, the only one I had, gave posthumous; posthume, which ...Gwen Raverat Charles DickensDavid CopperfieldPrint: Book
1900-1945'So that, whatever may have been its deeper cause, the love which filled my imagination was of a kind that seemed, to me, to have little to do with what I meant by sex. "...Norman Nicholson Charles DickensDavid CopperfieldPrint: 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 Charles DickensDavid CopperfieldPrint: Book, Serial / periodical, weekly parts collected by father and bound into volumes
1900-1945'I am not ashamed to confess that during those weeks of imprisonment I too wept both by day and by night; not loudly or clamorously, but silently and with an intensity of...Stuart Wood [pseud?] Charles DickensDavid CopperfieldPrint: Book
1900-1945'I have not even yet made up my mind about Dickens, & I am glad that so far I have never expressed an opinion about him, except playfully, in print. I got fairly stuck i...Arnold Bennett Charles DickensDavid CopperfieldPrint: Book
1800-1849'I think I have behaved most abominably in never taking any notice of your great kindness in sending me David Copperfield, and your note. Oh, dear! I have been so whirled...Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell Charles DickensDavid CopperfieldPrint: Serial / periodical
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Hugh Walpole, 8 February 1936: 'I'm reading David Copperfield for the 6th time with almost complete satisfaction. I'd forgotten how magnificent it ...Virginia Woolf Charles DickensDavid CopperfieldPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 25 February 1936: 'I've had headaches. Vanquish them by lying still & binding books & reading D. Copperfield.' Virginia Woolf Charles DickensDavid CopperfieldPrint: Book
Elizabeth Barrett Browning to Mary Louisa Boyle, 5 December 1850: 'We live just as quietly as we used to do [...] One drawback is not being able to get new books till...Robert and Elizabeth Barrett BrowningCharles DickensDavid CopperfieldPrint: Serial / periodical
1900-1945'My mother did her conscientious best to remedy the deficiencies of our literary education by reading Dickens aloud to us on Sunday afternoons. We ploughed through "Davi...Vera Brittain Charles DickensDavid Copperfield Print: Book
1900-1945'It was at this time, too, in the 'silent' reading periods at school, that - conventionally enough, I suppose, for a bookish child - I came upon Stevenson's "Treasure Isl...Charles Causley Charles DickensDavid CopperfieldPrint: Book
1800-1849Charlotte Bronte to her publisher, W. S. Williams, 13 September 1849:

'Reading has, of late, been my great solace and recreation [in year following the death...
Charlotte Brontë Charles DickensDavid Copperfield (instalments)Print: Serial / periodical

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