Switch to English Switch to French

The Open University  |   Study at the OU  |   About the OU  |   Research at the OU  |   Search the OU

Listen to this page  |   Accessibility

the experience of reading in Britain, from 1450 to 1945...

Reading Experience Database UK Historical image of readers
 
 
 
 

Record Number: 12283


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'I read about one book per day.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1941 and 31 Dec 1945

Country:

England

Time

morning
afternoon
evening
daytime
night

Place:

city: Failsworth (near Oldham)
county: Lancashire
specific address: 35 Newton Road, Failsworth
location in dwelling: all over
other location: anywhere

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:

John H.S. Craig

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

3 Jul 1933

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
upper working class (at the time)(now professional + academic)

Occupation:

school child (at the time)

Religion:

Church of England

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

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

family, but not when I was using a torch to read under the blankets


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

various

Title:

various

Genre:

Bible, Classics, Fiction, History, Poetry, Children's Lit, Geography / Travel, Sport / Leisure, Textbook / self-education, Science, Arts / architecture, Ephemera, Mathematics, Technology, Natural history, Miscellany / Anthology, Astrology / alchemy / occult, Reference / General works

Form of Text:

Print: Advertisement, Book, Form, Handbill, Newspaper, Poster, Serial / periodical, Unknown

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

borrowed (public library)
my grandfathers library/National Geographic from neighbour's dustbin


Source Information:

Record ID:

12283

Source - Manuscript:

Other

Information:

Testimony of living reader about his reading 1941-1945.

Additional Information:

n/a

Citation:

Testimony of living reader about his reading 1941-1945., http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=12283, accessed: 20 June 2024


Additional Comments:

Authors read included Haggard, Sayers, Collins, Christie, Goethe. Texts included the National Geographic, Childrens Newspapers Goethe (in German), History, Quick magazine.

   
   
Green Turtle Web Design