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Record Number: 1978


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Thomas Thompson, from a family of Lancashire weavers, grew up with tales of Robin Hood and the Black Hole of Calctta, as well as an abridged Faerie Queene and Pilgrim's Progress. So when a clergyman asked him why he read the Bible, he innocently replied "that I liked the battle scenes". That answer got him in serious trouble'.

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

unknown

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

county: Lancashire

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:

Thomas Thompson

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

1880

Socio-Economic Group:

Labourer (non-agricultural)

Occupation:

from a weaving family

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:

John Bunyan

Title:

Pilgrim's Progress

Genre:

Other religious, Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

abridged version

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

1978

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:

102

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 102, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=1978, accessed: 27 May 2024


Additional Comments:

See Thomas Thompson, 'Lancashire for Me'.

   
   
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