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Record 11249

Reading Experience:

'...but she procured for me a copy of "Pickwick", by which I was instantly and gloriously enslaved. My shouts of laughing at the richer passages were almost scandalous, and led to my being reproved for disturbing my Father while engaged, in an upper room, in the study of God's Word. I must have expended months on the perusal of "Pickwick", for I used to rush through a chapter, and then read it over again very slowly, word for word, and then shut my eyes to realise the figures and the action...[more..]'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Mar 1861 and 31 May 1861
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: county: Devon
location in dwelling: family home, in Devon
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:Edmund Gosse
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1849
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: son of zoological writer
Religion: Plymouth Brethren
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Charles Dickens
Title: Pickwick Papers
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 11249  
Source - Print  
  Author: Edmund Gosse
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Father and Son: a study of two temperments
  Place of Publication: Keele: Ryburn Publishing
  Date of Publication: 1994
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 159-160
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Edmund Gosse, Father and Son: a study of two temperments (Keele: Ryburn Publishing, 1994), p. 159-160,, accessed: 08 June 2023

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