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Record 17004

Reading Experience:

'In a short time after, I procured the "Life of Susan Hopley", and felt disappointed at finding it to be a work of fiction.' [However, Ashford was inspired by this work to write her own life story]
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jul 1842 and 31 Dec 1844
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
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:Mary Ann Ashford
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 30 Oct 1787
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: wife of shoemaker
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Catherine Crowe
Title: Susan Hopley; or the Adventures of a Maid Servant
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book, Serial / periodical
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 17004  
Source - Print  
  Author: Mary Ann Ashford
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Life of a Licensed Victualler's Daughter
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1844
  Vol: n/a
  Page: iv
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Mary Ann Ashford, Life of a Licensed Victualler's Daughter (London, 1844), p. iv,, accessed: 02 December 2021

Additional comments:

Unsure if Ashford read the original three decker novel written by Catherine Crowe, or the very popular plagiarised cheap serial written by Thomas Peckett Prest.



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