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Record 20299

Reading Experience:

'I spent hours, days, in the great Reading Room of the Mitchell Library. Young as I was, in my ragged shorts, frayed jersey and ill-fitting jacket, incongruous among the sleek, well-nourished university students, I became so familiar to the staff that they dubbed me, in kindly fashion, "the young professor". One day, perhaps as a piece of sympathetic magic, I looked up Einstein's massive entry in "Who's Who" and copied it out word for word, his universities, degrees, honorary doctorates, publications. I kept that transcript pasted into an exercise book, a talisman'.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Until: 1 Oct 1939
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Glasgow
specific address: Mitchell Library reading room
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:Ralph Glasser
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 3 Apr 1916
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: n/a
Religion: Jewish
Country of origin: England (of Lithuanian ancestry)
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: [unknown]
Title: [unknown]
Genre: Unknown
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: read in situ
read at Mitchell Library


Source Information:

Record ID: 20299  
Source - Print  
  Author: Ralph Glasser
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Growing up in the Gorbals
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1986
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 28-9
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Ralph Glasser, Growing up in the Gorbals (London, 1986), p. 28-9,, accessed: 27 February 2024

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