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Record 2452

Reading Experience:

'In the 1920s Janet Hitchman acquired her literary education among the derelict bookshlves of an orphanage, which included a huge collection of "drunken father deathbed conversion" stories (Christie's Old Organ, 'The Little Match Girl', A Peep behind the Scenes), as well as everything by Dickens, old volumes of Punch and the Spectator and The Life of Ruskin. "My undigested reading made me look at the world with mid-Victorian eyes", she recalled'.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: unknown
Country: n/a
Time: n/a
Place: other location: orphanage
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:Janet Hitchman
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1916
Socio-economic group: Unknown/NA
Occupation: n/a
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Joseph Addison
Title: The Spectator
Genre: Essays / Criticism
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (institution library)
orphanage library


Source Information:

Record ID: 2452  
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: 121
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 121,, accessed: 23 February 2024

Additional comments:

See Janet Hitchman, 'The King of the Barbareens' (London, 1960) pp.113-14



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