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Record Number: 3377


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'When they were alone at home [Edna Bold] and her cousin Dorothy extracted from the kitchen bookcase and read side by side, a medical book and Foxe's Book of Martyrs. The intertextuality was profoundly scarring: "Childbirth and martyrdom were synonymmous. We suffered the torments of the damned...We never 'reproduced'."'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

unknown

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Manchester
location in dwelling: kitchen

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary reactive unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

Edna Bold

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

1904

Socio-Economic Group:

Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder

Occupation:

baker's daughter

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

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

cousin Dorothy


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

[unknown]

Title:

[medical book]

Genre:

Textbook / self-education, Medicine

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

owned
owned by parents


Source Information:

Record ID:

3377

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:

212

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 212, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=3377, accessed: 30 June 2022


Additional Comments:

See Edna Bold's recollections in John Burnett, ed. 'Destiny Obscure' (Harmondsworth, 1984) pp.119-20

   
   
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