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Record Number: 3370


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Margaret Wharton's parents were highly literate, and with their encouragement she entered a teaching training college in 1936, but they taught her nothing about sex: "Though we read books like 'Tess of the d'Urbervilles' and 'Hatter's Castle' both dealing with defloration of innocence and an ultimate baby, we drew no parallels and made no application to ourselves. I even read Radclyffe Hall's classic story of lesbianism, The Well of Loneliness, without having the faintest idea of what it was about'.

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1917 and 31 Dec 1936

Country:

n/a

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:

Margaret Wharton

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

1917

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

training to be a teacher

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

n/a

Country of Experience:

n/a

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

A.J. Cronin

Title:

Hatter's Castle

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

3370

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:

210

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 210, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=3370, accessed: 13 June 2024


Additional Comments:

See Margaret Wharton, 'Recollections of a GI War Bride: A Wiltshire Childhood' (Gloucester, 1984) pp.132-3

   
   
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