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Record 11336

Reading Experience:

'There was another impression, almost as horrible, but this time it was caused by an illustration, not a story. Sutherland sometimes had sent to him by a cousin in Leith a weekly paper called, I think, "The Police News", a record of brutal crimes. He left it lying in the kitchen one day, and with my usual hypnotised interest I went across to take it up. On the cover was a picture of a powerful man standing in his shirt sleeves with an axe raised above his head... My father snatched up the paper as soon as I put my hand out for it, crammed it into his pocket, and said sternly, "That's no for thee!"'.
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, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: [n/a]
Title: The Police News
Genre: Law, Ephemera
Form of Text: Print: Newspaper
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: Found


Source Information:

Record ID: 11336  
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: 84-85
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Edwin Muir, The story and the fable: An autobiography (London, 1940), p. 84-85,, accessed: 25 May 2020

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