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

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Edith Hall


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Thomas Hardy : Tess of the d'Urbervilles

'[Edith] Hall recalled that she discovered Thomas Hardy in a WEA class in the 1920s when "Punch and other publications of that kind showed cartoons depicting the servant class as stupid and 'thick'...[Tess of the d'Urbervilles] was the first serious novel I had read up to this time in which the heroine had not been of gentle birth and the labouring classes as brainless automatons. This book made me feel human".'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Edith Hall      Print: Book


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