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Record Number: 12410


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'From this time [7pm] till nine o'clock, the prisoners are allowed to read such books as they may have obtained from the library. To show us that the men were generally so occupied, the officer who had attended us throughout the day now led us from cell to cell, and drew aside the small metal screen that hung down before the little peep hole in each door, when, on looking through it, we found almost every prisoner whom we peeped in upon seated close to the gas-light, and busily engaged in persuing either some book or periodical that was spread out before him.'

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1860 and 31 Dec 1862

Country:

England

Time

evening: between 7pm and 9pm

Place:

city: London
specific address: Pentonville Prison
other location: in their cells

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:

Reading Group:

prisoners at Pentonville prison

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Labourer (non-agricultural)

Occupation:

prisoners

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

n/a

Country of Experience:

England

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

[unknown]

Title:

[unknown]

Genre:

Unknown

Form of Text:

Print: Book, Serial / periodical

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

borrowed (institution library)
prison library


Source Information:

Record ID:

12410

Source:

Print

Author:

Henry Mayhew

Editor:

n/a

Title:

The Criminal Prisons of London

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1862

Vol:

n/a

Page:

160

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Henry Mayhew, The Criminal Prisons of London (London, 1862), p. 160, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=12410, accessed: 05 July 2022


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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