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Record 1279

Reading Experience:

Henry Mayhew interviews a female crossing sweeper: "When my sight was better I used to be very partial to reading; but I can't see the print now, sir. I used to read the bible and the newspaper. Story books I have read too, but not many novels. Yes, Robinson Crusoe I know..."
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1800 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 Female
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: crossing sweeper
Religion: Protestant
Country of origin: Wales
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Title: n/a
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book, story books
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 1279  
Source - Print  
  Author: Henry Mayhew
  Editor: n/a
  Title: London Labour and the London Poor
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1861
  Vol: 2
  Page: 480
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor (London, 1861), 2, p. 480,, accessed: 02 March 2024

Additional comments:

Mayhew writes that she is about 55 years of age



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