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Record Number: 2762


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Working class readers continued to enjoy Macaulay's drama and accessibility long after professional historians had declared him obsolete. Kathleen Woodward read Gibbon's Decline and Fall and Macaulay's History of England twice through over factory work, with such absorption she once injured a finger, leaving "an honourable scar".'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

unknown

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: London
other location: in a factory

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:

Kathleen Woodward

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

1896

Socio-Economic Group:

Labourer (non-agricultural)

Occupation:

factory worker

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:

Edward Gibbon

Title:

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Genre:

History

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

2762

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:

130

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 130, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=2762, accessed: 21 May 2022


Additional Comments:

See Kathleen Woodward, Jipping Street: Childhood in a London Slum (New York, 1928) p.135-8

   
   
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