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Record Number: 1062


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Labour Party pioneer F.W. Jowett..., reading Heroes and Hero-Worship as a young millworker, was attracted by its vision of a new society but repelled by its authoritarianism: "there must have been something in me that could not respond to his powerful and eloquent glorification of the supermen - including the captains of industry who would organise production not for profit but for use - for in all things else he made a deep impression on my young mind... The more I read of Carlyle's heroes, the less attraction they had. I did not like his Luther, his Frederick the Great, nor his Cromwell... the more Carlyle crowned and canonised the ruling class, the more I felt I was on the side of the common people'.

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

unknown

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Bradford

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:

F.W. Jowett

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

1864

Socio-Economic Group:

Labourer (non-agricultural)

Occupation:

mill worker, later Labour politician

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Thomas Carlyle

Title:

Heroes and Hero Worship

Genre:

History, Politics, Philosophy

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

1062

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:

47

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 47, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=1062, accessed: 02 December 2022


Additional Comments:

See Fenner Brockway, 'Socialism over Sixty Years: The Life of Jowett of Bradford (1864-1944)', (London, 1946) p.28

   
   
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