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Record Number: 5001


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Lancashire millworker Ben Brierley read penny fairy tales and horror stories as a boy, but they did not contribute to his work as a dialect poet: "I must confess that my soul did not feel much lifted by the only class of reading then within my reach. It was not until I joined the companionship of Burns and Byron that I felt 'the god within me'".'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

unknown

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

county: Lancashire

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:

Ben Brierley

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

1825

Socio-Economic Group:

Labourer (non-agricultural)

Occupation:

millworker and poet

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:

Robert Burns

Title:

n/a

Genre:

Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

5001

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:

371

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 371, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=5001, accessed: 26 May 2024


Additional Comments:

See Ben Brierley, 'Home Memories' p.32 - no further ref. traceable in Rose notes

   
   
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