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Record 12143

Reading Experience:

'Arthur recalls that he could not read "properly" until he began school at the age of 9; he preferred his sister Anna to read to him. On one occasion, when she read "Uncle Tom's Cabin", Arthur, who believed that "a boy must never show any emotion", burst into tears, then flew into a rage over revealing his deepest feelings and attacked her with his fists'.
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1865 and 31 Dec 1874
Country: England
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 reactive unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Anna Symons
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Female
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Clergy (includes all denominations)
Occupation: Wesleyan preacher's daughter
Religion: Wesleyan
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Arthur Symons
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Harriet Beecher Stowe
Title: Uncle Tom's Cabin
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 12143  
Source - Print  
  Author: Karl Beckson
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Arthur Symons: A Life
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1987
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 7
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Karl Beckson, Arthur Symons: A Life (Oxford, 1987), p. 7,, accessed: 24 August 2019

Additional comments:



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