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Record 1998

Reading Experience:

'Elizabeth Rignall, a London painter's daughter, was not permitted to read anything else on Sundays, so she treated Pilgrim's Progress as a horror comic. Irresistibly drawn to the lurid colour illustration of the horned Apollyon, "and stretched out full length on the sofa with the book open before me I would proceed, week after week, to frighten the life out of myself".'
Century: 1850-1899, 1900-1945
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
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:Elizabeth Rignall
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1894
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: painter's daughter
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: John Bunyan
Title: Pilgrim's Progress
Genre: Other religious, Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: illustrated edition
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 1998  
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: 104
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 104,, accessed: 07 February 2023

Additional comments:

See Elizabeth Rignall 'All so Long Ago', ch.2 - Brunel University Library



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