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the experience of reading in Britain, from 1450 to 1945...

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Will Crooks


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Homer : The Iliad

'Growing up in extreme poverty in East London, Crooks spent 2d. on a secondhand "Iliad" and was dazzled: "What a revelation it was to me. Pictures of romance and beauty I had never dreamed of suddenly opened up before my eyes. I was transported from the East End to an enchanted land. It was a rare luxury for a working lad like me just home from work to find myself suddenly among the heroes and nymphs of ancient Greece".'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Will Crooks      Print: Book


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