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Record 8696

Reading Experience:

'From fine I turned to applied art, diverted by a periodical called The Girl's Own Paper. For a long period this monthly, which I now regard as quaint, but which I shall never despise, was my principal instrument of culture. It alone blew upon the spark of artistic feeling and kept it alive. It derived from it my first ideals of aesthetic and of etiquette. Under its influence my brother and myself started on a revolutionary campaign against all the accepted canons of house decoration.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: unknown
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:Arnold Bennett
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 27 May 1867
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Child; later writer / editor
Religion: Christian
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:

Title: Girl's Own
Genre: Children's Lit, Ephemera
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: Came out monthly from 1880 to 1956.
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 8696  
Source - Print  
  Author: Margaret Drabble
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Arnold Bennett
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1974
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 40
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Margaret Drabble, Arnold Bennett (London, 1974), p. 40,, accessed: 02 June 2023

Additional comments:

Drabble cites The Truth About an Author, p. 25, as her source for this quotation.



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