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Record 6852

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?The gentle Cowper was my earliest favourite, a small second-hand copy of his poems, which I bought for eighteen pence, being the first book I bought for myself. It emptied my pocket, but I walked home, as I had walked to Newcastle (a distance some eighteen miles to and fro) with a light head, now and then reading as I fared along. Longfellow, Pope, Milton, Wordsworth and other poets were soon afterwards added to my little collection. I read them all. Many passages have clung to my memory, a life-long possession, giving, with their music, sometimes inspiration, sometimes solace in the conflicts and sorrows of life.?
Century: 1850-1899
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: county: Northumberland
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:Thomas Burt
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 12 Nov 1837
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: Pitman, later MP
Religion: Methodist
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: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Title: [poems]
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: probably second hand copy
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 6852  
Source - Print  
  Author: Thomas Burt
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Thomas Burt, M. P., D. C. L., pitman & privy councillor : an autobiography
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1924
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 117
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Thomas Burt, Thomas Burt, M. P., D. C. L., pitman & privy councillor : an autobiography (London, 1924), p. 117,, accessed: 24 April 2024

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