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

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Record Number: 2452


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'In the 1920s Janet Hitchman acquired her literary education among the derelict bookshlves of an orphanage, which included a huge collection of "drunken father deathbed conversion" stories (Christie's Old Organ, 'The Little Match Girl', A Peep behind the Scenes), as well as everything by Dickens, old volumes of Punch and the Spectator and The Life of Ruskin. "My undigested reading made me look at the world with mid-Victorian eyes", she recalled'.

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

unknown

Country:

n/a

Time

n/a

Place:

other location: orphanage

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:

Janet Hitchman

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

1916

Socio-Economic Group:

Unknown/NA

Occupation:

n/a

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

n/a

Country of Experience:

n/a

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Joseph Addison

Title:

The Spectator

Genre:

Essays / Criticism

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

borrowed (institution library)
orphanage library


Source Information:

Record ID:

2452

Source:

Print

Author:

Jonathan Rose

Editor:

n/a

Title:

The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes

Place of Publication:

New Haven

Date of Publication:

2001

Vol:

n/a

Page:

121

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes, (New Haven, 2001), p. 121, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=2452, accessed: 17 May 2021


Additional Comments:

See Janet Hitchman, 'The King of the Barbareens' (London, 1960) pp.113-14

   
   
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