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Record 5645

Reading Experience:

'Gifford had read only some ballads, the black-letter romance Parismus and Parismenus, some odd loose magazines of his mother's, the Bible (which he studied with his grandmother) and "The Imitation of Christ" (read to his mother on her deathbed). He then learned algebra by surreptitiously reading Fenning's textbook: his master's son owned the book and had deliberately hidden it from him'.
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 1 Jan 1766 and 31 Dec 1776
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:William Gifford
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1756
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: shoemaker's apprentice, later man of letters
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: [unknown]
Title: [magazines]
Genre: Ephemera
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (private library)
belonged to mother


Source Information:

Record ID: 5645  
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: 396
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 396,, accessed: 21 February 2024

Additional comments:

See William Gifford, 'Memoir', pp. 7, 13-19.



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