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Record 11452

Reading Experience:

'Later on I found at the bottom of a cupboard some of volumes -Addison's "Spectator", Pope's "Homer", and a few other things. My grandmother -who also devoured books in great gulps -gave me a "Robinson Crusoe", and lent me volumes containing four "Waverley Novels" apiece. Much about the same time my father got bound up a set of Dickens's novels he had bought in weekly parts. They were in the popular quarto edition with drawings by Fred Barnard, John Mahony and others. These were a real treasure -and all the more so as my father was an ardent Dickens "fan" who rather despised Scott as a "romantic" and a "Tory". His mother (born in 1815, so old enough to have read the "Waverley Novels" when they were still comparatively new things) rather sniffed at Dickens, and definitely preferred both Scott and Thackeray. She gave me "Vanity Fair" as an antidote to "David Copperfield" and added a Shakespeare, and a bundle of "paperback" editions -Fielding, Smollett, Fennimore Cooper and Captain Marryatt.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 21 Aug 1879 and 21 Aug 1894
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
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:Thomas A. Jackson
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 21 Aug 1879
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: son of master craftsman, reading boy at printers
Religion: n/a
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: William Makepeace Thackeray
Title: Vanity Fair
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (private library)
from grandmother


Source Information:

Record ID: 11452  
Source - Print  
  Author: T.A. Jackson
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Solo Trumpet: Some memories of Socialist agitation and propaganda
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1953
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 16
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: T.A. Jackson, Solo Trumpet: Some memories of Socialist agitation and propaganda (London, 1953), p. 16,, accessed: 13 June 2024

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