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Record Number: 1831


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'As a boy, the poet John Clare consumed six-penny romances of Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk, "and great was the pleasure, pain or surprise increased by allowing them authenticity, for I firmly believed every page I read and considered I possessed in these the chief learning and literature of the country".'

Century:

1700-1799, 1800-1849

Date:

unknown

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 in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

John Clare

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

13 Jul 1793

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

poet

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:

Title:

Jack and the Beanstalk

Genre:

Children's Lit

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

six-penny chapbook edition

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

1831

Source:

Print

Author:

Jonathan Rose

Editor:

n/a

Title:

The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes

Place of Publication:

New Haven

Date of Publication:

2001

Vol:

n/a

Page:

93

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 93, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=1831, accessed: 29 November 2022


Additional Comments:

See John Clare, 'Autobiographical Writings' p.5

   
   
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