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Record Number: 1013


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'indiscriminate reading brought... liberation to Chartist Robert Lowery. A prolonged illness gave him the opportunity to work through a bookseller's entire circulating library and much else besides... Where a prescribed reading list might have reflected the biases of the compiler, improvisational reading offered him a broad "general knowledge of history,... poetry and imaginative literature." The very fact that "I read without any order or method" forced his mind to exercise "A ready power of arranging the information this desultory reading presented". It inspired him to write poetry and fiction.'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

unknown

Country:

n/a

Time

n/a

Place:

n/a

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:

Robert Lowery

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

1809

Socio-Economic Group:

Unknown/NA

Occupation:

n/a

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

n/a

Country of Experience:

n/a

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Title:

[poetry]

Genre:

Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

Borrowed (circulating library)


Source Information:

Record ID:

1013

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:

37

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 37, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=1013, accessed: 04 December 2022


Additional Comments:

Read widely during a period of illness. See 'Robert Lowery: Passages in the Life of a Temperance Lecturer' in Brian Harrison and Patricia Hollis (eds.), Robert Lowery: Radical and Chartist (London, 1979)

   
   
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