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Record Number: 20298


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'I spent hours, days, in the great Reading Room of the Mitchell Library. Young as I was, in my ragged shorts, frayed jersey and ill-fitting jacket, incongruous among the sleek, well-nourished university students, I became so familiar to the staff that they dubbed me, in kindly fashion, "the young professor". One day, perhaps as a piece of sympathetic magic, I looked up Einstein's massive entry in "Who's Who" and copied it out word for word, his universities, degrees, honorary doctorates, publications. I kept that transcript pasted into an exercise book, a talisman'.

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 3 Apr 1926 and 3 Apr 1929

Country:

Scotland

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Glasgow
specific address: Mitchell Library reading room

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:

Ralph Glasser

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

3 Apr 1916

Socio-Economic Group:

Labourer (non-agricultural)

Occupation:

n/a

Religion:

Jewish

Country of Origin:

England (of Lithuanian ancestry)

Country of Experience:

Scotland

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

[n/a]

Title:

Who's Who

Genre:

Biography, Science, Reference / General works

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

read in situ
read at Mitchell Library


Source Information:

Record ID:

20298

Source:

Print

Author:

Ralph Glasser

Editor:

n/a

Title:

Growing up in the Gorbals

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1986

Vol:

n/a

Page:

28-9

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Ralph Glasser, Growing up in the Gorbals (London, 1986), p. 28-9, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=20298, accessed: 05 December 2022


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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