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Record Number: 22557


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'amongst all else she [Causley's mother] found a little time for reading from a two-penny library: novels by the Cornish writers Silas and Joseph Hocking ("Rosemary Carew", by the latter, was a tremendous favourite) and "Stella Dallas" by the American Olive Higgins Prouty. She also had a few books of her own: "The Following of the Star" by Florence L. Barclay, "The Sorrows of Satan" by Marie Corelli, and the like. I tried them all, and enjoyed most: especially "Stella Dallas", which exercised a peculiar fascination over me. I re-read it constantly and with such devotion that she forbade me ever to read it again. I couldn't think why; and not until years later did it occur to me that the central character was a prostitute'.

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

From: 24 Aug 1921

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Launceston
county: Cornwall

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:

Charles Causley

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

24 Aug 1917

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

later 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:

Florence L. Barclay

Title:

Following of the Star, The

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

borrowed (other)
owned by his mother


Source Information:

Record ID:

22557

Source:

Print

Author:

n/a

Editor:

Harry Chambers

Title:

Causley at Seventy

Place of Publication:

Calstock

Date of Publication:

1987

Vol:

n/a

Page:

99-100

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Harry Chambers (ed.), Causley at Seventy (Calstock, 1987), p. 99-100, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=22557, accessed: 29 June 2022


Additional Comments:

source: essay 'A Kitchen in the Morning' by Charles Causley

   
   
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