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Record 22557

Reading Experience:

'amongst all else she [Causley's mother] found a little time for reading from a two-penny library: novels by the Cornish writers Silas and Joseph Hocking ("Rosemary Carew", by the latter, was a tremendous favourite) and "Stella Dallas" by the American Olive Higgins Prouty. She also had a few books of her own: "The Following of the Star" by Florence L. Barclay, "The Sorrows of Satan" by Marie Corelli, and the like. I tried them all, and enjoyed most: especially "Stella Dallas", which exercised a peculiar fascination over me. I re-read it constantly and with such devotion that she forbade me ever to read it again. I couldn't think why; and not until years later did it occur to me that the central character was a prostitute'.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: From: 24 Aug 1921
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Launceston
county: Cornwall
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:Charles Causley
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 24 Aug 1917
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: later poet
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: Florence L. Barclay
Title: Following of the Star, The
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (other)
owned by his mother


Source Information:

Record ID: 22557  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Harry Chambers
  Title: Causley at Seventy
  Place of Publication: Calstock
  Date of Publication: 1987
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 99-100
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Harry Chambers (ed.), Causley at Seventy (Calstock, 1987), p. 99-100,, accessed: 13 July 2024

Additional comments:

source: essay 'A Kitchen in the Morning' by Charles Causley



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