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Record Number: 11351


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'one day in Kirkwall my brother Johnnie, who had gone to work in a shop there, gave me three pennies to spend, and I went at once to the bookseller's which sold "The Penny Poets" and bought "As You Like It", "The Earthly Paradise", and a selection of Matthew Arnold's poems. ...I did not get much out of the selection of Arnold's poems... "As You Like It" delighted me, but it was "The Earthly Paradise" that I read over and over again.'

Century:

1850-1899, 1900-1945

Date:

unknown

Country:

Scotland

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Garth

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

Edwin Muir

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

15 May 1887

Socio-Economic Group:

Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder

Occupation:

farmer's son, later poet

Religion:

Protestant

Country of Origin:

Scotland

Country of Experience:

Scotland

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

William Morris

Title:

The Earthly Paradise

Genre:

Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

Penny Poets edition

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

11351

Source:

Print

Author:

Edwin Muir

Editor:

n/a

Title:

The story and the fable: An autobiography

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1940

Vol:

n/a

Page:

88-89

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Edwin Muir, The story and the fable: An autobiography, (London, 1940), p. 88-89, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=11351, accessed: 19 June 2024


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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