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Record Number: 2832


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Jack Common recalled that his mother brought him a secondhand and severely abridged "Life of Johnson" for 1d., and he had to read it several times before he even partially absorbed it'.

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1903 and 31 Dec 1921

Country:

England

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:

Jack Common

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

1903

Socio-Economic Group:

Labourer (non-agricultural)

Occupation:

later socialist writer

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:

James Boswell

Title:

Life of Johnson

Genre:

Biography

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

abridged edition

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

2832

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:

164

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 164, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=2832, accessed: 23 February 2024


Additional Comments:

See Jack Common, 'Kiddar's Luck', pp.89-90

   
   
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