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Record 8429

Reading Experience:

'I was eighteen when I first read those words. My train was running into Rye station and I was knocked out the ashes of my first pipe of shag tobacco... My first book had just been published. I was going courting. My book had earned ten pounds. I desired to be a subaltern in H. B. M's army. The story was Mr Kipling's "Only a subaltern". The next station would be Winchelsea, where I was to descend.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1892 and 31 Dec 1892
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: other location: train between Rye and Winchelsea
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:Ford Madox Ford
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 17 Dec 1873
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: 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: Rudyard Kipling
Title: Only a subaltern
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 8429  
Source - Print  
  Author: Ford Madox Ford
  Editor: Bill Hutchings
  Title: Return to yesterday
  Place of Publication: Manchester
  Date of Publication: 1999
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 9-10
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Ford Madox Ford, Bill Hutchings (ed.), Return to yesterday (Manchester, 1999), p. 9-10,, accessed: 23 May 2024

Additional comments:



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