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Record 1984

Reading Experience:

'John Paton was raised in the Aberdeen slums on a diet of penny dreadfuls ("good healthy stuff for an imaginative boy") and he found similar thrills in the Bible, at least in the earlier episodes. "I revelled in the same way in the bloodier scenes of the Old Testament while the moralities of the New made no contact in my mind".'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: unknown
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Aberdeen
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 Paton
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1886
Socio-economic group: Unknown/NA
Occupation: n/a
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Title: [penny dreadfuls]
Genre: Fiction, Children's Lit, penny dreadfuls
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: cheap 'penny dreadful' editions
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 1984  
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: 103
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 103,, accessed: 02 February 2023

Additional comments:

See John Paton, 'Proletarian Pilgrimage' (London, 1935) p.41



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