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Record 3225

Reading Experience:

'Neville Cardus was born in 1889 in Rusholme, Manchester, the illegitimate son of a police constable's daughter and the first violinist of a visiting orchestra. He ... ended his formal education at 13 but, from this difficult childhood, he treasured one great moment: "I discovered Charles Dickens and went crazy. I borrowed Copperfield from the Municipal Library and the ordinary universe became unreal ... I read at meals, I read in the streets; at night I would read under the lamps ... I read in bed ..."'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: unknown
Country: England
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:Neville Cardus
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1889
Socio-economic group: Unknown/NA
Occupation: child
Religion: unknown
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: Charles Dickens
Title: David Copperfield
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (public library)


Source Information:

Record ID: 3225  
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: 196
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Philip Waller, Writers, Readers, and Reputations: Literary Life in Britain 1870-1918 (Oxford, 2006), p. 196,, accessed: 24 April 2024

Additional comments:

Quotation from Neville Cardus, Autobiography (1947).



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