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Record 11384

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
'I do not know whether Mr Wilson read "Pickwick" right through, but I certainly did. My copy bears a plate inside the cover [school prize details]... It was the first of a succession of Dickens volumes on Indian paper, in stiff blue covers, with the original Phiz and Seymour illustrations. In 1926, at the Secondary School, I received "Barnaby Rudge"; in 1927, "Dombey and Son"; in 1928, "Nicholas Nickleby". "Great Expectations, which followed "Pickwick" in Mr Wilson's scheme, I acquired in the red, cardboard-backed Nelson's Classics, price One Shilling and Sixpence, a series which became my regular source of Christmas and birthday presents from uncles and friends... These books were my winter reading between the ages of ten and fourteen... [discusses at length the realism he found in the Phiz illustrations for "Dombey and Son": 'I would pick up my book sometimes and try to read by the glow from the coals, and the world I entered seemed not too far removed from the world I left. It was no more walking from one room into the next.']
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Jan 1927 and 31 Dec 1928
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Millom
specific address: St George's Terrace
location in dwelling: at home, by the fire
   
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:Norman Nicholson
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 8 Jan 1914
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: son of tailor
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: Charles Dickens
Title: Dombey and Son
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: series published on Indian paper with blue covers and original illustrations
Provenance: owned

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 11384  
Source - Print  
  Author: Norman Nicholson
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Wednesday Early Closing
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1975
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 143-144
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Norman Nicholson, Wednesday Early Closing (London, 1975), p. 143-144, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=11384, accessed: 23 May 2024

Additional comments:

 

 

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