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Record 3214

Reading Experience:

Andrew Lang, in Adventures Among Books, on being introduced to Dickens: 'I had minded my lessons, and satisfied my teachers -- I know I was reading Pinnock's "History of Rome" for pleasure -- till ... I felt a "call", and underwent a process which may be described as the opposite of "conversion". The call came from Dickens. Pickwick was brought into the house ... I read "Pickwick" in convulsions of mirth. I dropped Pinnock's "Rome" for good.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: unknown
Country: unknown
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
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:Andrew Lang
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1844
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: author/critic
Religion: unknown
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: unknown
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Pinnock
Title: History of Rome
Genre: Classics, History
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 3214  
Source - Print  
  Author: Philip Waller
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Writers, Readers, and Reputations: Literary Life in Britain 1870-1918
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 2006
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 189-90
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Philip Waller, Writers, Readers, and Reputations: Literary Life in Britain 1870-1918 (Oxford, 2006), p. 189-90,, accessed: 01 July 2022

Additional comments:



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