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Record 11468

Reading Experience:

'I devoured poetry and nothing but poetry until I became insensible to poetry. Take an example; I happened upon some fat volumes of Campbell's "British Poets", the complete works of from four to eight poets in each volume which cost me 6d. apiece. They had shabby worn leather bindings, and the type was on the small side and closely set. But I ploughed through them, doggedly, as if reading for a bet, or an imposed task. One volume I remember contained the poetical works of Samuel Daniel, Browne, Giles and Phineas Fletcher, Ben Johnson, Drummond (of Harthornden), John Donne, and some more minor ones. Another contained along with "also rans" Cowley, Milton and "Hudibras" Butler. And, I repeat, I ploughed through them with a stout heart, but little sense, and a dwindling understanding.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 21 Aug 1879 and 21 Aug 1897
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 in 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: [probably] Isaac Hawkins Browne
Title: [poems complete works]
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Campbell's British Poets series, probably secondhand
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 11468  
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: 24
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: T.A. Jackson, Solo Trumpet: Some memories of Socialist agitation and propaganda (London, 1953), p. 24,, accessed: 13 July 2024

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