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Record 20295

Reading Experience:

'[Father] taught himself to read English almost perfectly. Mother somehow taught herself enough English to get the gist of the contents of English newspapers. Father, oddly, refused to read the English papers; I fancy he thought more highly of books. I dimly remember evenings, before mother became very ill, when she sat with him at the kitchen table while he ate his dinner, and with obvious delight read an English paper to him. She also of course read "Die Zeit", and letters in Yiddish from relatives left behind in Lithuania; these came more and more infrequently and finally died away. I suppose she never had time to read anything else'.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 3 Apr 1916 and 3 Apr 1923
Country: Scotland
Time: evening: over dinner
Place: city: Glasgow
location in dwelling: kitchen table
other location: Gorbals area
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:Mrs Glasser
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: n/a
Religion: Jewish
Country of origin: Lithuania
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: mother of Ralph Glasser


Text Being Read:

Author: [n/a]
Title: [English newspapers]
Genre: Ephemera
Form of Text: Print: Newspaper
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 20295  
Source - Print  
  Author: Ralph Glasser
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Growing up in the Gorbals
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1986
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 18
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Ralph Glasser, Growing up in the Gorbals (London, 1986), p. 18,, accessed: 06 July 2020

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