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Record 15739

Reading Experience:

A reminiscence of reading John Ruskin's autobiography, Praeterita (pub 1881-6) at work. Published in The Wheatsheaf: 'Long ago, with the engine groaning below the wooden, dusty floor of a hot winding-room in a cotton factory, I read the description of a little wood overhanging the Falls of Schaffhausen. Ruskin had written it; and in his words was the beat of the waters and the colour of the flowers, and I longed to see the reality. Yet his description is only the shadow of the real glory of those Schaffhausen meadows'.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Great Harwood, Blackburn
county: Lancashire
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:Ethel Carnie
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1 Jan 1886
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: Former factory worker (Lancashire cotton mills) and later journalist
Religion: unknown
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: John Ruskin
Title: Praeterita
Genre: Autobiog / Diary
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 15739  
Source - Manuscript Other
  Author: Ethel Carnie, 'Freiburg to Schaffhausen', The Wheatsheaf, September 1911, 37,

Citation: Ethel Carnie, 'Freiburg to Schaffhausen', The Wheatsheaf, September 1911, 37,, accessed: 25 August 2019

Additional comments:

Ethel Carnie (1886-1962) (known as Ethel Carnie Holdsworth after her marriage) worked in mills in Great Harwood, Blackburn, Lancashire between 1897 and 1908. She worked for Robert Blatchford's The Woman Worker from July 1908 to 1910, and was its editor from July-December 1909. She travelled in Europe between 1911 and 1912.



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