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Record 5133

Reading Experience:

"Alexander Somerville, a young farm-worker growing up in the Lammermuir Hills, made his first great journeys without leaving the fields in which he laboured: "'The next book which came in my way, and made an impression so strong as to be still unworn and unwearable, was Anson's Voyage Round the World ... I had read nothing of the kind before ...'"
Century: 1700-1799, 1800-1849
Date: unknown
Country: Scotland
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:Alexander Somerville
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Labourer (agricultural)
Occupation: n/a
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Anson
Title: Voyage Round the World
Genre: Geography / Travel
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 5133  
Source - Print  
  Author: David Vincent
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The Rise of Mass Literacy: Reading and Writing in Moderrn Europe
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 2000
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 99
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: David Vincent, The Rise of Mass Literacy: Reading and Writing in Moderrn Europe (Oxford, 2000), p. 99,, accessed: 19 June 2019

Additional comments:

Quotation from A. Somerville, Autobiography of a Working Man (1848; London, 1951) 45.



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