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Record Number: 2488


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'orphanage boy Thomas Burke... devoured books until "my mind became a lumber room". Inevitably, "criticism was beyond me; the hungry man has no time for the fastidiousness of the epicure. I was hypnotised by the word Poet. A poem by Keats (some trifle never meant for print) was a poem by Keats. Pope, Cowper and Kirke White and Mrs Hemans and Samuel Rogers were Poets. That was enough."'

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

unknown

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

other location: an orphanage

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:

Thomas Burke

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

1886

Socio-Economic Group:

Unknown/NA

Occupation:

n/a

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:

John Keats

Title:

[a minor poem]

Genre:

Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Unknown

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

2488

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:

128

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 128, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=2488, accessed: 29 June 2022


Additional Comments:

See Thomas Burke, 'The Wind and the Rain' (London, 1924) p.123

   
   
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