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Record 5651

Reading Experience:

'Coachman's daughter Anne Tibble was enraged by "The Waste Land", which she read as a scholarship student at a redbrick university: "Eliot's neurosis of disillusion was horrifying... almost utterly invalid...almost entirely without feeling for others. Eliot showed people as ugly, stupid, shabby, vulgarian, squalid, somehow indecent...the 'broken fingernails of dirty hands'...Weren't these my father's and my mother's hands?". The experience of reading it plunged her into depression, but in the late 1920s it was difficult to express her real feelings about one of the greatest living poets...Instead, she channelled her scholarly energies toward the poetry of John Clare, whose work affirmed the literacy of working people'.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Jan 1925 and 31 Dec 1930
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: other location: a redbrick university
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:Anne Tibble
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: coachman's daughter
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: John Clare
Title: [poetry]
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown
studied at university


Source Information:

Record ID: 5651  
Source - Print  
  Author: Jonathan Rose
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes
  Place of Publication: New Haven
  Date of Publication: 2001
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 399-400
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 399-400,, accessed: 26 August 2019

Additional comments:

See Craik, 'Pursuit of Knowledge', vol 2, p. 3.



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