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Record Number: 17166


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'My uncle was so particular about his books that he used to declare that when a child's finger had touched one it was spoilt. Acting upon this idea, he gave up certain books to us, when as children we stayed with him at Binstead, on condition of our never touching any others. My brothers had Glanvill's "History of Witches", and we four had a handsome edition of the "Arabian Nights' Entertainments", which, being unexpurgated, was not the wisest choice that could have been made, though it gave me hours of entrancing delight at the time, and taught me to understand allusions to tales which have become part of general literature'.

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1815 and 31 Dec 1835

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Binstead

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:

Elizabeth Missing Sewell and her sisters, including Eleanor

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Gentry

Occupation:

n/a

Religion:

Church of England

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:

Arabian Nights Entertainments, The

Genre:

Fiction, Miscellany / Anthology, tales

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

read in situ
in Uncle Edwards' library


Source Information:

Record ID:

17166

Source:

Print

Author:

Elizabeth Missing Sewell

Editor:

Eleanor L. Sewell

Title:

The Autobiography of Elizabeth M. Sewell

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1907

Vol:

n/a

Page:

23

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Elizabeth Missing Sewell, Eleanor L. Sewell (ed.), The Autobiography of Elizabeth M. Sewell (London, 1907), p. 23, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=17166, accessed: 28 November 2022


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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