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Record Number: 8263


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Both John Harris and Mary Smith read the "Remains of Henry Kirke White" "with great delight", and Thomas Carter actually saved up a guinea to buy the book. It was, he said, "a large sum for one like myself to spend at one time in buying books: yet I had good reason to be satisfied; for the work was useful to me in the way of strengthening and confirming my habits of reading and observation".'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

unknown

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:

Mary Smith

Age:

Unknown

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder

Occupation:

n/a

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:

Henry Kirke White

Title:

The Remains of Henry Kirke White

Genre:

Essays / Criticism, Poetry, Biography, Miscellany / Anthology

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

2 vols (London, 1807)

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

8263

Source:

Print

Author:

David Vincent

Editor:

n/a

Title:

Bread, Knowledge and Freedom: A Study of Nineteenth-Century Working Class Autobiography

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1981

Vol:

n/a

Page:

146

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

David Vincent, Bread, Knowledge and Freedom: A Study of Nineteenth-Century Working Class Autobiography (London, 1981), p. 146, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=8263, accessed: 18 August 2022


Additional Comments:

Mary Smith was a shoemaker's daughter who subsequently worked as a servant and a schoolmistress; her autobiography was published in 1892.

   
   
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