Letters to a daughter: an archive of middle-class reading in New Zealand, c. 1872-1932

Liebich, Susann (2011) Letters to a daughter: an archive of middle-class reading in New Zealand, c. 1872-1932. In: Towheed, Shafquat, and Owens, W.R., (eds.) The History of Reading: international perspectives, c.1500-1990. The History of Reading, 1 . Palgrave Macmillan, New York, NY, USA, pp. 163-177.

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[Extract] In 1891, Fred Barkas, then thirty-seven years of age and living in Christchurch, New Zealand, wrote to his brother in England about his usual reading habits.

Another result of this delay in mail delivery is that both Amy & I have got ahead of our supply of Home papers, this is a very unusual state of things ... We get Spectators, weekly Chronicles, Truth, &c. &c. and should we fail in our steady reading it's wonderful how our 'Papers-to-be-read' baskets get crowded - now they are empty. We don't go out much of an evening and usually read our papers for an hour or so between finishing our nightly game of cards and going to bed. Not having any papers I have this week again taken up 'Lorna Doone' and I think I'm enjoying it even more than I did upon my first and second readings. Amy has taken to 'Treasure Island' again - but we miss our papers as we like to keep up a nodding acquaintance with the events in the Great World.1

More than thirty years later the same man wrote to his daughter, then also living in England.

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