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Record Number: 1552


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Statement of boy to London society, aim of which to rescue juvenile criminals, demonstrating pernicious influence of penny dreadfuls: "Bill couldn't read a bit, but he knowed boys that could, and he used to hear 'em reading about Knights of the Road, and Claude Duval and Skeleton Crews, till I suppose his head got regler stuffed with it. He never had no money to buy a pen'orth when it came out, so he used to lay wait for me, carrying my younger sister over his shoulder, when I came out of school at dinner time, and gammon me over to come along with him to a shop on the corner of Rosamond street in Clerkenwell, where there used to be a whole lot of the penny numbers in the window. They was all of a row, Wildfire Jack, the Boy Highwayman, Dick Turpin, and ever so many others -just the first page, don't you know, and the picture. Well, I liked it too, and I used to go along o' Bill and read to him all the reading on the front page and look at the pictures until -'specially on Mondays when there was altogether a new lot -Bill would always get so worked up with the aggravatin' little bits, which always left off where you wanted to turn over and see what was on the next leaf..."

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1870 and 31 Dec 1879

Country:

England

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 reactive unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

Charley

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Labourer (non-agricultural)

Occupation:

unknown

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

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

Brother Bill


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

anon

Title:

[penny dreadfuls]

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Serial / periodical, penny dreadful

Publication Details

penny dreadful

Provenance

read in situ
in front of the shop


Source Information:

Record ID:

1552

Source - Manuscript:

Other

Author:

James Greenwood, "Penny Awfuls", St Paul's Magazine, 12 (1873), pp. 161-168,

Citation:

James Greenwood, "Penny Awfuls", St Paul's Magazine, 12 (1873), pp. 161-168, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=1552, accessed: 06 December 2022


Additional Comments:

Charley said to be about 13 years of age

   
   
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