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Record Number: 8958


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'The house was behind the post office and below the town library, and in a few years not even the joys of guddling, girning and angling matched the boy's pleasure in Emerson, Hawthorne, Ambrose Bierce, Sidney Lanier and Mark Twain. Day after day... he carried a large washing basket up the stairs to fill it with books, choosing from upwards of twelve thousand volumes, then downstairs to sit for hours in corners absorbed in mental worlds beyond the narrow limits of Langholm.'

Century:

1850-1899, 1900-1945

Date:

Between 1896 and 1908

Country:

Scotland

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Langholm
county: Scottish Borders
specific address: Library Buildings, Parliament Square

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:

Christopher Grieve

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

11 Aug 1892

Socio-Economic Group:

Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder

Occupation:

postman's son; later poet

Religion:

unknown

Country of Origin:

Scotland

Country of Experience:

Scotland

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

later Hugh MacDiarmid



Text Being Read:

Author:

Sidney Lanier

Title:

unknown

Genre:

Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

borrowed (public library)


Source Information:

Record ID:

8958

Source:

Print

Author:

Nancy K. Gish

Editor:

n/a

Title:

Hugh MacDiarmid: The Man and his Work

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1984

Vol:

n/a

Page:

15

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Nancy K. Gish, Hugh MacDiarmid: The Man and his Work (London, 1984), p. 15, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=8958, accessed: 28 May 2024


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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