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Record 20104

Reading Experience:

'From a tattered old volume of Grimm’s Fairy Tales passed around among us, we learned to read, even I, at long last, discovering suddenly what the mystery was all about. I have no recollection of the actual process; I do not know how or why or when or wherefore the light dawned. I only know that when I went to Miss Beck’s Academy I could not read, and that by the end of my first term, without any apparent transition period, I was reading, without too much trouble, anything that came my way.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 14 Dec 1928 and 1 Jan 1930
Country: England
Time: morning
Place: other location: School (Miss Beck's Academy)
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:Rosemary Sutcliff
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 14 Dec 1920
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Military (navy)
Occupation: Artist/Writer (eventually)
Religion: unknown
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: learning to read with a group of schoolmates


Text Being Read:

Author: Grimm
Title: Fairy Tales
Genre: Fiction, History, Children's Lit
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: tattered old volume
Provenance: borrowed (other)
seems to have been a book owned by a school (Miss Beck's Academy)


Source Information:

Record ID: 20104  
Source - Print  
  Author: Rosemary Sutcliff
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Blue Remembered Hills: A Recollection
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1993 [1983]
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 63
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Rosemary Sutcliff, Blue Remembered Hills: A Recollection (London, 1993 [1983]), p. 63,, accessed: 03 December 2023

Additional comments:

Dates of reading are approximate.



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