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Record 1042

Reading Experience:

'As a young South Wales miner, Edmund Stonelake, who had never heard of the French Revolution, asked a bookseller for something on the subject and was sold Carlyle. At first it was hard reading, but eventually he extracted an entire political education from its pages: "I learned...of the great and lasting influence the Revolution had on peoples and countries struggling to establish democratic principles in Government in various parts of the world".'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: unknown
Country: Wales
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:Edmund Stonelake
Age Unknown
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1876
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: miner
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Wales
Country of experience: Wales
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Thomas Carlyle
Title: n/a
Genre: Politics, Unknown
Form of Text: Print: Book, Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 1042  
Source - Print  
  Author: Jonathan Rose
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes
  Place of Publication: n/a
  Date of Publication: 2001
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 43-4
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (2001), p. 43-4,, accessed: 27 February 2024

Additional comments:

See Edmund Stonelake, 'The Autobiography of Edmund Stonelake' (ed. Anthony Mo-O'Brien (Bridgend, 1981) pp.57-8



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