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Record Number: 2821


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'"One advantage of leaving school at an early age is that one can study subjects of your own choice", wrote Frank Argent, son of a Camberwell labourer. Taking advantage of the public library and early Penguins, he ranged all over the intellectual landscape: Freudian psychology, industrial administration, English literature, political history, Blake, Goethe, Mill,Nietzsche, The Webbs, Bertrand Russell's Essays in Scepticism, and Spengler's The Decline of the West'.

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

unknown

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: London

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:

Frank Argent

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

1899

Socio-Economic Group:

Labourer (non-agricultural)

Occupation:

later trade unionist and factory inspector

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:

Oswald Arnold Gottfried Spengler

Title:

The Decline of the West

Genre:

History, Philosophy

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

in a Penguin edition

Provenance

borrowed (public library)
or possibly owned?


Source Information:

Record ID:

2821

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:

162

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 162, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=2821, accessed: 18 August 2022


Additional Comments:

See Frank Argent, 'No Medals for Frankie', Southwark Local Studies Library

   
   
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