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 √ Century of ExperienceEvidenceName of Reader / Listener / Reading GroupAuthor of TextTitle of TextForm of Text
1800-1849'Soldier's son Joseph Barker... first read the Bible "chiefly as a work of history and was very greatly delighted with many of its stories... One effect was to lead me to...Joseph Barker Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1800-1849'the only fiction [Robert] Roberts read as a boy was an abridged Welsh-language Robinson Crusoe'Robert Roberts Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1800-1849'As a child, William Heaton the Yorkshire weaver-poet, "rambled with Christian from his home in the wilderness to the Celestial City; mused over his hair-breadth escapes,...William Heaton Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
'For John Clare [Robinson Crusoe] was "the first book of any merit I got hold of after I could read", and it set in motion an early ferment: "New ideas from the perusal o...John Clare Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1800-1849'the book that featured most prominently in [Joseph Greenwood's] memoirs was a cheap edition of Robinson Crusoe. "To me Daniel Defoe's book was a wonderful thing, it open...Joseph Greenwood Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1850-1899[Permitted Sunday reading for the children of the family]Mary Vivian (Molly) Hughes Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1850-1899'At age twelve, recalled ploughboy John Ward, "I devoured - not read, that's too tame an expression - Robinson Crusoe, and that book gave me all my spirit of adventure, w...John Ward Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
'At the close of the nineteenth century, on a farm in Derbyshire Peak District, Robinson Crusoe was read aloud every winter and never palled on the audience. As Alison Ut...Alison Uttley Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1850-1899'Rose... remembers her father reading to them - Dickens, Scott, Robinson Crusoe, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Meredith, Tom Jones, The Three Musketeers, Don Quixote, and, cu...George Macaulay Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1900-1945'Philip Inman conveyed a ... specific sense of the uses of literacy for an early Labour MP. The son of a widowed charwoman, he bought up all the cheap reprints he could a...Philip Inman Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1900-1945Either at school or at home I read all the classics considered necessary for children: 'Treasure Island', 'Kidnapped', 'Little Women', 'David Copperfield', 'Ivanhoe', 'Ro...Patricia Beer Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
'"The words I didn't understand I just skipped over, yet managed to get a good idea of what the story was about", wrote James Murray, the son of a Scottish shoemaker. "By...James Murray Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1900-1945'[Robinson Crusoe] was Thomas Jordan's favorite book, read through in one sitting at age eleven. The promise of "faraway places fired my imagination" and ultimately inspi...Thomas Jordan Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1900-1945'During these early years [Daphne du Maurier] filled her head with tales of adventure, romances, histories and popular novels, including such books as Treasure Island, Th...Daphne du Maurier Daniel DefoeRobinson CrusoePrint: Book
1900-1945'every day Spike Mays ran to his East Anglia school, where he studied "Robinson Crusoe", "Gulliver's Travels" and "Tales from Shakespeare".'Spike Mays Daniel Defoe"Robinson Crusoe"Print: 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

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