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Record 13964

Reading Experience:

'I suffered very much in that shop through all the summer months. At that time we went to live at Malmaison and it was heartrending to think of George and Alfred [reader's brothers] playing Scouts and Indians in the park there whilst I sat hidden away in a musty corner behind the cash desk, in semi darkness near the hot irons, crouched on a small stool for days on end in the ?dead season? with nothing to do. Outside the rue Castiglione flamed in broiling sun. I spent the time reading so called ?penny dreadfuls?: Deadwood Dick, Buffalo Bill and others. In my murky corner I lived many perilous adventures and many hair-raising escapes. I was the hero and so forgot to grow lachrymal. This was the beginning of my literary education and my first taste for books. My crowning moment was when I succeeded in winning a Sunday school first prize, R. L. Stevenson?s ?Treasure Island?'.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: unknown
Country: France
Time: n/a
Place: city: Paris
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:Arthur Vanson
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 16 Dec 1884
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: shop clerk
Religion: Church of England
Country of origin: Born in Paris, British national
Country of experience: France
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: unknown
Title: [penny dreadfuls]
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 13964  
  Source - Manuscript
  Author: Arthur Vanson
  Title: MS Diary 1917
  Location: private collection
  Call no: MS Diary 1917
  Page/folio: n/a

Citation: Arthur Vanson, MS Diary 1917 private collection, p. MS Diary 1917, p. n/a,, accessed: 29 February 2024

Additional comments:

This material Copyright Andrew Neill Vanson Moore, and Shirley Frances Gould-Smith.



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