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Record 12092

Reading Experience:

'Readers of my generation owe a great debt of gratitude to the enterprise of Messrs. Dicks. My first introduction to great fiction dates from the publication by them of Scott's novels in threepenny paper-covered volumes, easily pocketable, when my apprenticeship, in its early days, consisted of sorting and picking - wearisome, dull, mechanical, solitary work. The appearance of "Waverley" marked an epoch. I read it and its succeeding volumes with absorbing interest, stealing at times scraps of hours which should have been devoted to my work.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1852 and 31 Dec 1870
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London, Spitalfields
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 Okey
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1852
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: apprentice
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: Sir Walter Scott
Title: Waverley
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: John Dicks, threepenny paper-back edition
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 12092  
Source - Print  
  Author: Thomas Okey
  Editor: n/a
  Title: A basketful of memories: An autobiographical sketch
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1930
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 18
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Thomas Okey, A basketful of memories: An autobiographical sketch (London, 1930), p. 18,, accessed: 31 January 2023

Additional comments:

Okey probably purchased this volume



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