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Record Number: 8190


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Much is being said and written now-a-days about the influence of books on the formation of character; let me therefore mention that my prime favourites while at Tait's were "Cobbett's advice to young men", and Charles Knight's "Pursuit of knowledge under difficulties"; which I read over and over again with great zest, and, I hope, much benefit. As a matter of course, I also read "Tait's Magazine" regularly, making myself familiar with its contents even before publication; the elaborate reviews of many of the best books of the period affording me the opportunity of picking up a considerable amount of useful information. Curiously enough, the reading of the "Waverley novels" was to me a task of difficulty; and I am ashamed to say that I have only read few of them, "Guy Mannering", "The Heart of Midlothian", "The Bride of Lammermoor" and "St Ronan's Well". "Waverley", although attempted more than once, failed to attract.'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1837 and 31 Dec 1840

Country:

Scotland

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Edinburgh

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:

James Glass Bertram

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

1824

Socio-Economic Group:

Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder

Occupation:

Apprentice in a book warehouse

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

Scotland

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Walter Scott

Title:

Waverley

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

8190

Source:

Print

Author:

James Glass Bertram

Editor:

n/a

Title:

Some memories of books, authors and events

Place of Publication:

Westminster

Date of Publication:

1893

Vol:

n/a

Page:

26

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

James Glass Bertram, Some memories of books, authors and events (Westminster, 1893), p. 26, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=8190, accessed: 29 November 2022


Additional Comments:

Several attempts at reading "Waverley"

   
   
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