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Record 11283

Reading Experience:

'My dear boys, when I was your age, there were no such children's books as ther are now...Now, among those very stupid old-fashioned boy's books was one which taught me [to use my eyes]...It's name was Evenings at Home, and in it was a story called "Eyes and no Eyes", a regular old-fashioned, prim, sententious story.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: unknown
Country: n/a
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
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:Charles Kingsley
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Later, Anglican clergyman and author.
Religion: Anglican
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: John Aikin
Title: Evenings at home
Genre: Children's Lit, Conduct books
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 11283  
Source - Print  
  Author: Charles Kingsley
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Madam How and Lady Why
  Place of Publication: n/a
  Date of Publication: 1870
  Vol: n/a
  Page: preface
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Charles Kingsley, Madam How and Lady Why (1870), p. preface,, accessed: 21 July 2019

Additional comments:



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