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Record 1831

Reading Experience:

'As a boy, the poet John Clare consumed six-penny romances of Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk, "and great was the pleasure, pain or surprise increased by allowing them authenticity, for I firmly believed every page I read and considered I possessed in these the chief learning and literature of the country".'
Century: 1700-1799, 1800-1849
Date: unknown
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:John Clare
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 13 Jul 1793
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: poet
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:

Title: Jack and the Beanstalk
Genre: Children's Lit
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: six-penny chapbook edition
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 1831  
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: 93
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 93,, accessed: 27 January 2023

Additional comments:

See John Clare, 'Autobiographical Writings' p.5



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