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Record 2205

Reading Experience:

When we were at the Grammar School, the English master's daughter, who was in the same class as Sheila, told us that her father had read 'The Blue Lagoon' and thought it very beautiful. We were greatly impressed. It seemed the height of sophistication to get beyond the excitement of reading a description of sexual intercourse -this we knew was the point of the ban, though Betty Martin informed us that it only said 'locked in each other's arms' -and to be able to use the calm Olympian word 'beautiful'.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: Exmouth
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:Betty Martin
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1919
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: daughter of English master at grammar school
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: Henry De Vere Stacpoole
Title: The Blue Lagoon
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 2205  
Source - Print  
  Author: Patricia Beer
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Mrs Beer's House
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1968
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 96
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Patricia Beer, Mrs Beer's House (London, 1968), p. 96,, accessed: 04 October 2023

Additional comments:

Unsure if Betty Martin did read the book, but seems likely when she knew quotes from the book



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