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Record Number: 8700


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

[Arnold Bennett's father] 'encouraged them to read. As soon as he had any money he began to buy books, and one of the features of the house in Waterloo Road was its "Book Room". Arnold recalls: "His library was the largest in my youthful experience. [We]? estimate it at one thousand volumes - mostly dull and worthless, but all dignified. He had a passion for filling his offspring with information, at small trouble to himself. When any point of dispute arose he would say "look it up". We looked it up!"'

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

unknown

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

specific address: Book Room at his father's house

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:

Arnold Bennett

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

27 May 1867

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Writer / editor

Religion:

Christian

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:

unknown

Title:

various

Genre:

Textbook / self-education, Reference / General works, Unknown

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

8700

Source:

Print

Author:

Margaret Drabble

Editor:

n/a

Title:

Arnold Bennett

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1974

Vol:

n/a

Page:

NOT supplied

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Margaret Drabble, Arnold Bennett (London, 1974), p. NOT supplied, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=8700, accessed: 30 June 2022


Additional Comments:

Drabble cites 'The making of me', Daily Express (6 June 1928) as a source for this quotation.

   
   
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