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Record Number: 27166


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

John Wilson Croker to John Murray (1816): 'I send you seven stories [for 'Stories for Children from the History of England'], which, with the eleven you had before, brings us down to Richard III [...] I think you told me that you gave the first stories to your little boy to read. Perhaps you or Mrs. Murray would be so kind as to make a mark over against any such words as he may not have understood, and to favour me with any criticism the child may have made, for on this occasion I should prefer a critic of 6 years old to one of 60.'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1816 and 31 Dec 1816

Country:

n/a

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 Murray

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Publisher's son

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

n/a

Country of Experience:

n/a

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

John Wilson Croker

Title:

Stories for Children from the History of England (extracts)

Genre:

History, Children's Lit, Biography, Politics

Form of Text:

Manuscript: Unknown

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

27166

Source:

Print

Author:

Samuel Smiles

Editor:

n/a

Title:

A Publisher and His Friends: Memoir and Correspondence of the Late John Murray

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1891

Vol:

1

Page:

340

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Samuel Smiles, A Publisher and His Friends: Memoir and Correspondence of the Late John Murray (London, 1891), 1, p. 340, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=27166, accessed: 23 June 2024


Additional Comments:

Source ed. continues, from quotation of Croker's letter: 'Thus John Murray's son, the present Mr. Murray, was early initiated into the career of reading for the press' (p.340).

   
   
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