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Record 4325

Reading Experience:

'Although mainly an outdoor boy Rider began to read several popular romances of the day...: "I loved those books that other boys love and I love them still. I well remember a little scene which took place when I was a child of eight or nine. Robinson Crusoe held me in its grasp and I was expected to go to church. I hid beneath a bed with Robinson Crusoe and was in due course discovered by an elder sister and governess, who, on my refusing to come out, resorted to force. Then followed a struggle that was quite Homeric. The two ladies tugged as best they might, but I clung to Crusoe and the legs of the bed, and kicked till, perfectly exhausted, they took their departure in no very Christian frame of mind, leaving me panting indeed, but triumphant".'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1864 and 1866
Country: England
Time: daytime: On a Sunday
Place: city: Bradenham
county: Norfolk
location in dwelling: under a bed
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:Henry Rider Haggard
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 22 Jun 1856
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: later barrister and 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: Daniel Defoe
Title: Robinson Crusoe
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 4325  
Source - Print  
  Author: Peter Berresford Ellis
  Editor: n/a
  Title: H. Rider Haggard. A Voice from the Infinite
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1978
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 23
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Peter Berresford Ellis, H. Rider Haggard. A Voice from the Infinite (London, 1978), p. 23,, accessed: 19 June 2024

Additional comments:



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