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Record 13104

Reading Experience:

One day, as Louis was leaving the hotel, he stopped to send a message up to my mother by one of the 'Buttons', as they were called. The only boy present was sitting, deeply engrossed in a book. When Louis spoke to him, he made no answer but went on reading. Impatient, Louis plucked the book out of the boy's hand. It was 'Treasure Island'. Returning it instantly, he said: 'Go right on reading, my little man. Don't let anyone disturb you.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1890 and 31 Dec 1890
Country: Australia
Time: daytime
Place: city: Sydney
Oxford Hotel
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:Robert Louis Stevenson
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 13 Nov 1850
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: Church of Scotland
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Australia
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Title: Treasure Island
Genre: Fiction, Children's Lit, Geography / Travel
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (other)
plucked from the hotel bellboy's hand


Source Information:

Record ID: 13104  
Source - Print  
  Author: Field Isobel
  Editor: n/a
  Title: This Life I've Lived
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1937
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 301
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Field Isobel, This Life I've Lived (London, 1937), p. 301,, accessed: 08 February 2023

Additional comments:



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