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Record 2367

Reading Experience:

'At the close of the nineteenth century, on a farm in Derbyshire Peak District, Robinson Crusoe was read aloud every winter and never palled on the audience. As Alison Uttley remembered, it was even more popular than Pilgrim's Progress: "Christian on his journey met giants and evil men, but Robinson Crusoe fought against the elements, the wind and rain, lightning and tempest, droughts and floods. He lived a life they could understand, catching the food he ate, sowing and reaping corn, making bread, taming beasts... The family shared the life of Robinson Crusoe, hoping and fearing with him, experiencing his sorrows..."'
Century: 1850-1899, 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Jan 1895 and 31 Dec 1900
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: other location: Derbyshire Peak District
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:

Listener:Alison Uttley
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1884
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: farmer's daughter, later writer
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: John Bunyan
Title: Pilgrim's Progress
Genre: Other religious, Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 2367  
Source - Print  
  Author: Jonathan Rose
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes
  Place of Publication: New Haven
  Date of Publication: 2001
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 110
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 110,, accessed: 27 January 2023

Additional comments:

See Alison Uttley, 'The Farm on the Hill' (London, 1941) Ch.3



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