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Record 8700

Reading Experience:

[Arnold Bennett's father] 'encouraged them to read. As soon as he had any money he began to buy books, and one of the features of the house in Waterloo Road was its "Book Room". Arnold recalls: "His library was the largest in my youthful experience. [We]? estimate it at one thousand volumes - mostly dull and worthless, but all dignified. He had a passion for filling his offspring with information, at small trouble to himself. When any point of dispute arose he would say "look it up". We looked it up!"'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: specific address: Book Room at his father's house
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: 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:

Author: unknown
Title: various
Genre: Textbook / self-education, Reference / General works, Unknown
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 8700  
Source - Print  
  Author: Margaret Drabble
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Arnold Bennett
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1974
  Vol: n/a
  Page: NOT supplied
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Margaret Drabble, Arnold Bennett (London, 1974), p. NOT supplied,, accessed: 24 February 2024

Additional comments:

Drabble cites 'The making of me', Daily Express (6 June 1928) as a source for this quotation.



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