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Record 11350

Reading Experience:

'one day in Kirkwall my brother Johnnie, who had gone to work in a shop there, gave me three pennies to spend, and I went at once to the bookseller's which sold "The Penny Poets" and bought "As You Like It", "The Earthly Paradise", and a selection of Matthew Arnold's poems. ...I did not get much out of the selection of Arnold's poems... "As You Like It" delighted me, but it was "The Earthly Paradise" that I read over and over again.'
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 Child (0-17)
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: William Shakespeare
Title: As You Like It
Genre: Drama
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: penny edition
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 11350  
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: 88-89
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Edwin Muir, The story and the fable: An autobiography (London, 1940), p. 88-89,, accessed: 28 March 2023

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