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Record 8956

Reading Experience:

'The house was behind the post office and below the town library, and in a few years not even the joys of guddling, girning and angling matched the boy's pleasure in Emerson, Hawthorne, Ambrose Pierce, Sidney Lanier and Mark Twain. Day after day... he carried a large washing basket up the stairs to fill it with books, choosing from upwards of twelve thousand volumes, then downstairs to sit for hours in corners absorbed in mental worlds beyond the narrow limits of Langholm.'
Century: 1850-1899, 1900-1945
Date: Between 1896 and 1908
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Langholm
county: Scottish Borders
specific address: Library Buildings, Parliament Square
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 Grieve
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 11 Aug 1892
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: postman's son; later poet
Religion: unknown
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: later Hugh MacDiarmid


Text Being Read:

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Title: unknown
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (public library)


Source Information:

Record ID: 8956  
Source - Print  
  Author: Nancy K. Gish
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Hugh MacDiarmid: The Man and his Work
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1984
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 15
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Nancy K. Gish, Hugh MacDiarmid: The Man and his Work (London, 1984), p. 15,, accessed: 16 June 2024

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