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Record 1299

Reading Experience:

Henry Mayhew interviews a 'London sneak or common thief': "On Sunday evenings the only books read were such as 'Jack Sheppard', 'Dick Turpin' and the 'Newgate Calendar', they got out of the neighbouring libraries by depositing 1s. These were read with much interest; the lodgers would sooner have these than any other books."
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1850 and 31 Dec 1859
Country: England
Time: evening: Sunday evenings
Place: city: London
other location: low lodging house
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
passive reactive unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: cheap john/ ballad singer/ thief
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
other inmates of low lodging house
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: William Harrison Ainsworth
Title: Jack Sheppard
Genre: Fiction, History
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: Borrowed (circulating library)
borrowed library


Source Information:

Record ID: 1299  
Source - Print  
  Author: Henry Mayhew
  Editor: n/a
  Title: London Labour and the London Poor
  Place of Publication: n/a
  Date of Publication: 1861
  Vol: 4
  Page: 302
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor (1861), 4, p. 302,, accessed: 07 February 2023

Additional comments:

reader and listener; taken in turns



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