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Record 20851

Reading Experience:

'"A little book we had in the house" led him, "Almost as early as I can remember", to develop an interest in astronomy; and Lempriere's "Classical Dctionary" "Fell into my hands when I was eight" (as he said in his old age) and "attached my affections to paganism".'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 26 Mar 1859 and 25 Mar 1867
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Fockbury
county: Worcestershire
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:Alfred Edward Housman
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 26 Mar 1859
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: solicitor's son, later poet
Religion: later atheist
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: [unknown]
Title: [book on astronomy]
Genre: Science
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned
owned by his family


Source Information:

Record ID: 20851  
Source - Print  
  Author: Norman Page
  Editor: n/a
  Title: A.E. Housman. A Critical Biography
  Place of Publication: Basingstoke
  Date of Publication: 1996
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 19
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Norman Page, A.E. Housman. A Critical Biography (Basingstoke, 1996), p. 19,, accessed: 22 February 2024

Additional comments:



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