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Record Number: 11483


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

[Given 'a handsome and well-illustrated volume called the Prize Bible' by his grandmother] '...the surprise they got when I actually read the thing, right through, cover to cover, as if it was "Chips" or "Herewald the Wake"... Here on a wet Sunday morning was this handsome volume, leather-bound, of clear bold type and frequent illustrations -I'd look at the pictures. They were gawdy and full of action, quite a lot of them. Look at the priests of Dagon with their blood-splashed knives; Jael creeping into the tent of Sisera; Egyptian chariots overwhelmed by the Red Sea; Judas gloating over his pieces of silver like a carroty-headed Quilp...You simply had to read of these matters; and if the narrative didn't always come up to the quality of the illustrations, when it did you had a story which stayed in your imangination and gave it something to glow with. I read on, session after session, past all the boring bits and finished it at last.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

unknown

Country:

England

Time

morning: wet Sunday morning

Place:

city: Newcastle
location in dwelling: home

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:

Jack Common

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

1903

Socio-Economic Group:

Labourer (non-agricultural)

Occupation:

son of locomotive fireman

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

[n/a]

Title:

Bible

Genre:

Bible

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

'Prize Bible' illustrated edition, leather-bound

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

11483

Source:

Print

Author:

Jack Common

Editor:

n/a

Title:

Kiddar's Luck

Place of Publication:

Newcastle

Date of Publication:

1975

Vol:

n/a

Page:

44-45

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Jack Common, Kiddar's Luck (Newcastle, 1975), p. 44-45, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=11483, accessed: 26 November 2022


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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