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Record 9906

Reading Experience:

'As my love of books became known, I was made free of such libraries as the neighbours possessed which led to me reading some curious and unsuitable matter, old-fashioned theological works, early Methodist magazines, cookery books and queer tales of murder and robbery. One such, entitled "The Castle of Otranto", haunted my dreams for many a night. Our nearest neighbour who was more of a scholar than his rough exterior and taciturn manner suggested, lent me a "History of England" which was a veritable godsend.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 11 Feb 1872 and 31 Dec 1885
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Hope Woodlands
county: Derbyshire
specific address: Alport Farm
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:Hannah Mitchell
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 11 Feb 1872
Socio-economic group: Labourer (agricultural)
Occupation: daughter of farm labourer, later suffragette
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: Horace Walpole
Title: The Castle of Ontranto
Genre: Fiction, gothic
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (private library)
borrowed from neighbours


Source Information:

Record ID: 9906  
Source - Print  
  Author: Hannah Mitchell
  Editor: Geoffrey Mitchell
  Title: The Hard Way Up
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1968
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 44
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Hannah Mitchell, Geoffrey Mitchell (ed.), The Hard Way Up (London, 1968), p. 44,, accessed: 26 May 2024

Additional comments:



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