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Record Number: 34540


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Lottie's kind of reading, though I could manage it, was not mine; it was usually fiction conducive of the domestic virtues. At the club, my father discovered a number of volumes which to me were very heaven. The author was Jules Verne. I was quite convinced that he told the truth, and in The Mysterious Island (with an organ on a submarine) I lived in perfect joy and felicity. [...] He eclipsed Marryat and Ballantyne and Kingston for me; and Henty never fully caught my attention.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

1904

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Yalding
county: Kent
specific address: Boy's School House

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:

Edmund Blunden

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

1 Nov 1896

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Student

Religion:

Church of England

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Jules Verne

Title:

The Mysterious Island

Genre:

Fiction, Children's Lit

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

34540

Source:

Print

Author:

n/a

Editor:

Simon Nowell-Smith

Title:

Edwardian England, 1901-1914

Place of Publication:

Oxford

Date of Publication:

1964

Vol:

n/a

Page:

561

Additional Comments:

Specific chapter: Edmund Blunden, 'A Country Childhood', pp. 545-74.

Citation:

Simon Nowell-Smith (ed.), Edwardian England, 1901-1914, (Oxford, 1964), p. 561, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=34540, accessed: 20 June 2024


Additional Comments:

'Lottie' was Blunden's younger sister, Charlotte (born 1898).

   
   
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