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 √ Century of ExperienceEvidenceName of Reader / Listener / Reading GroupAuthor of TextTitle of TextForm of Text
 
1850-1899A friend of mine, a Welsh blacksmith, was twenty-five years old and could neither read nor write, when he heard a chapter of 'Robinson' read aloud in a farm kitchen. Up t...anon Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1850-1899A friend of mine, a Welsh blacksmith, was twenty-five years old and could neither read nor write, when he heard a chapter of 'Robinson' read aloud in a farm kitchen. Up t...anon Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1800-1849'Sunday August 20th. [...] Read Swiss Family Robinson Crusoe.' Claire Clairmont Johann David WyssThe Family Robinson Crusoe: Or, Journal of a Fathe...Print: Book
1800-1849'read Robinson Crusoe'Mary Shelley Daniel DefoeLife and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson...Print: Book
1800-1849'Read Robinson Crusoe. S. finishes the tragedy of Bonduca to me'Mary Shelley Daniel DefoeLife and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson...Print: Book
1800-1849'Write - read Astronomy - Finish Robinson Crusoe'Mary Shelley Daniel DefoeLife and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson...Print: Book
1800-1849Elizabeth Barrett to Mary Russell Mitford, 27-28 March 1842: 'I have read the "Cavalier" -- but years ago. I must see it again. Nothing in Defoe fastened upon me m...Elizabeth Barrett Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1900-1945'[report by Mrs Ward of the library at her Passmore Edwards Settlement] boys were sitting hunched up over "Masterman Ready", or the ever-adored "Robinson Crusoe"; girls w...boys at the Passmore Edwards SettlementDaniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1900-1945'Robinson Crusoe an English book -- and only the English could have accepted it as adult literature: comforted by feeling that the life of adventure could be led by a man...Edward Morgan Forster Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1850-1899'Robinson Crusoe an English book -- and only the English could have accepted it as adult literature: comforted by feeling that the life of adventure could be led by a man...Edward Morgan Forster Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1700-1799'He [Johnson] told us, that he had given Mrs. Montagu a catalogue of all Daniel Defoe's works of imagination; most, if not all of which, as well as of his other works, he...James Boswell Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1850-1899'I have been reading "Robinson Crusoe". It is a splendid story. But I think Robinson need not have stayed so long on the island. He made a boat and hoisted a sail, and I ...Andrew J.C. Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1850-1899'I tell you it [Robinson Crusoe] is a grand book . . . I am reading it a second time, and I think I like it better than I did at first. Every boy should get it. You know ...Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1900-1945'One young man, a collier . . . was seen reading the war news to a group of men just up out of the pit. The newspaper had been passed on by a friend in the incoming shift...Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1800-1849'For weeks after reading that book [i.e. Robinson Crusoe], I lived as if in a dream; indeed I scarcely dreamt of anything else at night. I went to sleep with the cave, it...Letitia Elizabeth Landon Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1800-1849Henry Mayhew interviews a female crossing sweeper: "When my sight was better I used to be very partial to reading; but I can't see the print now, sir. I used to read t...Mary Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1800-1849Dorothy Wordsworth to William Wordsworth, 23 April 1812: 'John is certainly much quicker in reading than he was. He has read very hard and taken up the Book frequently hi...John Wordsworth Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1800-1849'... in 1811 S[ara] H[utchinson] mentioned that Herbert Southey "can read Robinson Crusoe or any Book".'Herbert Southey Daniel DefoeLife and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, written by...Print: Book
1800-1849'in 1804 [Robert] Southey noted that Hartley Coleridge "never has read, nor will read, beyond Robinson's departure from the island."'Hartley Coleridge Daniel DefoeLife and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, written by...Print: Book
1800-1849'"I next succeeded in discovering for myself a child's book, of not less interest than even The Iliad." It was Pilgrim's Progress, with wonderful woodcut illustrations. A...Hugh Miller Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book



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