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Record Number: 5219


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Jonathan Rose, "How Historians Study Reader Response: or, What did Jo Think of Bleak House?": "George Acorn recalled that, growing up in extreme poverty in London's East End, he scraped up 3 1/2d to buy a used copy of David Copperfield. His parents soundly thrashed him when they learned he had wasted so much money on a book, but later he read it to them: "'And how we all loved it ... how we all cried together at poor old Peggotty's distress!'"

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

unknown

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: London

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:

George Acorn

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Unknown/NA

Occupation:

n/a

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

n/a

Country of Experience:

England

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

Reader's parents


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Charles Dickens

Title:

David Copperfield

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

5219

Source:

Print

Author:

n/a

Editor:

John O. and Robert L. Jordan and Patten

Title:

Literature in the Marketplace: Nineteenth-Century British Publishing and Reading Practices

Place of Publication:

Cambridge

Date of Publication:

1995

Vol:

n/a

Page:

206

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

John O. and Robert L. Jordan and Patten (ed.), Literature in the Marketplace: Nineteenth-Century British Publishing and Reading Practices (Cambridge, 1995), p. 206, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=5219, accessed: 03 December 2022


Additional Comments:

Quotation from George Acorn, One of the Multitude (London, 1911) 28-35.

   
   
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