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Record 12425

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
'In one of the yards we noticed...an old man of eighty, with hair as white as the prison walls themselves, and which was especially striking from the generality of prisoners being mere youths. He no sooner saw us enter, than hastily put on his spectacles, he commenced reading, bending his face down as if to hide it from shame... he had once held a high command in the army. He was there for a nameless offence.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1860 and 31 Dec 1862
Country: England
Time: morning
Place: city: London
specific address: Coldbath Fields Prison
other location: in one of the prison yards
   
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:anon
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: formerly held high command in the army, now a prisoner
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: [unknown]
Title: [unknown]
Genre: Unknown
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (institution library)
prison library

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 12425  
Source - Print  
  Author: Henry Mayhew
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The Criminal Prisons of London
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1862
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 292
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Henry Mayhew, The Criminal Prisons of London (London, 1862), p. 292, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=12425, accessed: 28 February 2024

Additional comments:

 

 

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