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Record 8699

Reading Experience:

'The description of his [the character Darius Clayhanger in Clayhanger] labours as a child, and his days in the workhouse, are not drawn from Enoch's own past, but largely from a book by William Shaw published in 1903, called When I was a Child, Recollections of an Old Potter [title in italics]. But Arnold Bennett's knowledge of such matters cannot have been gleaned wholly from books. It must have been in the air.'
Country: Unknown
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 Unknown
Gender Male
Date of Birth 27 May 1867
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer / editor
Religion: Christian
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: Unknown
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: William Shaw
Title: When I was a child, recollections from an old potter
Genre: Autobiog / Diary
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Methuen, 1903
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 8699  
Source - Print  
  Author: Margaret Drabble
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Arnold Bennett
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1974
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 7
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Margaret Drabble, Arnold Bennett (London, 1974), p. 7,, accessed: 21 June 2024

Additional comments:

Drabble does not offer actual evidence that Bennett read the book, although it seems likely.



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