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Record Number: 189


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'During the Napoleonic Wars, Scottish cotton-spinner Charles Campbell earned 8s. to 10s. a week, but set aside a few pennies for a subscription library, where he read history, travels and the English classics. He joined a club of twelve men, mainly artisans and mechanics, who met weekly to discuss literary topics'.

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 1805 and 1815

Country:

Scotland

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:

Charles Campbell

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

1793

Socio-Economic Group:

Labourer (non-agricultural)

Occupation:

cotton spinner

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

Scotland

Country of Experience:

Scotland

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Title:

[travels]

Genre:

Geography / Travel

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

Subscription Library


Source Information:

Record ID:

189

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:

21

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 21, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=189, accessed: 26 November 2022


Additional Comments:

See Charles Campbell, "Memoirs of Charles Campbell" (1828) pp.3-6

   
   
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