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Record 8171

Reading Experience:

'For three years I continued a regular subscriber to the circulating library, during which time I read various works, including Milton's, Shakespeare's, Sterne's, Dr Johnson's, and many others. It was a usual practice for me to sit up to read after the family had retired for the night. I remember it was on one of these occasions that I read Lewis's "Monk". On rising from my seat to go to bed, I was so impressed with dongeon horror, that I took the candle and ? up stairs, not daring to look either right or left, lest some Lady Angela should plunge a dagger into me!'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1813 and 31 Dec 1816
Country: England
Time: evening
Place: city: Hull
home, downstairs in the family room
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:Christopher Thomson
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 25 Dec 1799
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: Apprentice ship builder
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: John Milton
Title: [various titles]
Genre: Poetry, Philosophy
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: Borrowed (circulating library)


Source Information:

Record ID: 8171  
Source - Print  
  Author: Christopher Thomson
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Autobiography of an artisan
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1847
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 67
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Christopher Thomson, Autobiography of an artisan (London, 1847), p. 67,, accessed: 19 June 2024

Additional comments:



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