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Record 1264

Reading Experience:

Henry Mayhew interviews a street author or street poet: "I was very fond of reading poems in my youth, as soon as I could read and understand almost. Yes, very likely sir; perhaps it was that put it into my head to write them afterwards... I was very fond of Goldsmith's poetry always. I can repeat 'Edwin and Emma' now. No sir; I never read the 'Vicar of Wakefield'. I found 'Edwin and Emma' in a book called the 'Speaker'. I often thought of it in travelling through some parts of the country." + recites some of his own poetry to Mayhew
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1840 and 31 Dec 1849
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:

Age Unknown
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: street author or poet
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Oliver Goldsmith
Title: Edwin and Angelina
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: probably published in a book called the Speaker?
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 1264  
Source - Print  
  Author: Henry Mayhew
  Editor: n/a
  Title: London Labour and the London Poor
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1861
  Vol: 1
  Page: 279
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor (London, 1861), 1, p. 279,, accessed: 20 February 2024

Additional comments:

Mayhew stated that the street author was now about 45 years of age



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