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Record 1822

Reading Experience:

[Alice Foley's illiterate mother objected to silent reading but responded well to Alice's reading of Alice in Wonderland]: "To my surprise, mother entered quite briskly into the activities of the rabbit hole. From that time onwards, I became mother's official reader and almost every day when I returned from school she would say coaxingly, 'Let's have a chapthur'."
Century: 1900-1945
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: evening: after school
Place: city: Bolton
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:Alice Foley
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Female
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: n/a
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
her mother
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Lewis Carroll
Title: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Genre: Fiction, Children's Lit
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (public library)


Source Information:

Record ID: 1822  
Source - Print  
  Author: Jonathan Rose
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes
  Place of Publication: New Haven
  Date of Publication: 2001
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 87
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 87,, accessed: 18 April 2024

Additional comments:

See Alice Foley, 'Bolton Childhood'



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