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Record 11335

Reading Experience:

'Out of all that reading only one memory survives now. The story itself I have forgotten but the scene was laid in Italy, and there was a chapter in which a beggar arrived at a cottage carrying a heavy sack, which he left in a corner while he went, as he said, to the barn to get some sleep. The woman of the house, who lived by herself, happened to touch the sack, felt it moving, and knew at once that there was a man in it who had come to murder her... When I read "Treasure Island" a few years later the horrible figure of the blind seaman Pew brought back again the terrors of that dream.'
Century: 1850-1899, 1900-1945
Date: unknown
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Garth
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:Edwin Muir
Age Unknown
Gender Male
Date of Birth 15 May 1887
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: farmer's son, later poet
Religion: Protestant
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Title: Treasure Island
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 11335  
Source - Print  
  Author: Edwin Muir
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The story and the fable: An autobiography
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1940
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 84-85
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Edwin Muir, The story and the fable: An autobiography (London, 1940), p. 84-85,, accessed: 02 March 2024

Additional comments:



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