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Record 1012

Reading Experience:

'indiscriminate reading brought... liberation to Chartist Robert Lowery. A prolonged illness gave him the opportunity to work through a bookseller's entire circulating library and much else besides... Where a prescribed reading list might have reflected the biases of the compiler, improvisational reading offered him a broad "general knowledge of history,... poetry and imaginative literature." The very fact that "I read without any order or method" forced his mind to exercise "A ready power of arranging the information this desultory reading presented". It inspired him to write poetry and fiction.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: unknown
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:Robert Lowery
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1809
Socio-economic group: Unknown/NA
Occupation: n/a
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Title: [history]
Genre: History
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: Borrowed (circulating library)


Source Information:

Record ID: 1012  
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: 37
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 37,, accessed: 25 February 2024

Additional comments:

Read widely during a period of illness. See 'Robert Lowery: Passages in the Life of a Temperance Lecturer' in Brian Harrison and Patricia Hollis (eds.), Robert Lowery: Radical and Chartist (London, 1979)



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