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Record 1038

Reading Experience:

'[Garratt] spent his free evenings in Birmingham's Central Free Library reading Homer, Epitectus, Longius and Plato's Dialogues, a classical education which further undemined his confidence in the status quo: "I began to wonder in what way we had advanced from the ancient civilisations of Greece and Rome". In the First World War, he took Palgrave's Golden Treasury with him to France and wrote his own verses in the trenches'..
Century: 1900-1945
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: evening
Place: city: Birmingham
specific address: Central Free Library
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:V.W. Garratt
Age n/a
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1892
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: factory worker
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Longinus
Title: n/a
Genre: Classics, Philosophy
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: read in situ


Source Information:

Record ID: 1038  
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: 43
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 43,, accessed: 01 March 2024

Additional comments:

See V.W. Garrat, 'A Man in the Street' (London, 1939)



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