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Record Number: 1266


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Henry Mayhew interviews a blind female seller of 'small wares', the conversation turns to her younger son: "My youngest son -he's now fourteen -is asthmatical; but he's such a good lad, so easily satisfied. He likes to read if he can get hold of a penny book, and has time to read it. He's at a paper-stainer's and works on fancy satin paper, which is very obnicious to such a delicate boy"

Century:

1800-1849, 1850-1899

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1840 and 31 Dec 1859

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: London

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:

anon

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Labourer (non-agricultural)

Occupation:

works at paper-stainer's

Religion:

Protestant

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:

Title:

n/a

Genre:

Fiction, Ephemera

Form of Text:

Print: Book, Broadsheet, Serial / periodical, penny book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

1266

Source:

Print

Author:

Henry Mayhew

Editor:

n/a

Title:

London Labour and the London Poor

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1861

Vol:

1

Page:

394

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor (London, 1861), 1, p. 394, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=1266, accessed: 04 December 2022


Additional Comments:

Mayhew comments that the boy was 14 years of age

   
   
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