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Record 3388

Reading Experience:

I had also read 'Paper Bag Cookery' -one of my father's fads -because I wanted to try it. Now I saw 'The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius' in leather: it defeated me. Wordsworth and Milton at least wrote in short lines with wide margins. I moved on to a book by Hall Caine called 'The Bondman'. It appeared to be about a marriage and I noticed that the men and women talked in the dangerous adult language which I associated with 'The bad girl of the family'. 'The Bondman' also suggested a doom -the sort of doom my mother sang about which was connected with Trinity Church and owing the rent.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 16 Dec 1910 and 1 Jan 1918
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:Victor Sawdon Pritchett
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 16 Dec 1900
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: son of itinerant salesman
Religion: Christain
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: Marcus Aurelius
Title: The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
Genre: Classics
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: leather bound edition
Provenance: borrowed (private library)
from father's study


Source Information:

Record ID: 3388  
Source - Print  
  Author: V.S. Pritchett
  Editor: n/a
  Title: A Cab at the Door. An autobiography: early years
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1968
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 107
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: V.S. Pritchett, A Cab at the Door. An autobiography: early years (London, 1968), p. 107,, accessed: 23 May 2024

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