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Record 1062

Reading Experience:

'Labour Party pioneer F.W. Jowett..., reading Heroes and Hero-Worship as a young millworker, was attracted by its vision of a new society but repelled by its authoritarianism: "there must have been something in me that could not respond to his powerful and eloquent glorification of the supermen - including the captains of industry who would organise production not for profit but for use - for in all things else he made a deep impression on my young mind... The more I read of Carlyle's heroes, the less attraction they had. I did not like his Luther, his Frederick the Great, nor his Cromwell... the more Carlyle crowned and canonised the ruling class, the more I felt I was on the side of the common people'.
Century: 1850-1899
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Bradford
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:F.W. Jowett
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1864
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: mill worker, later Labour politician
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: Thomas Carlyle
Title: Heroes and Hero Worship
Genre: History, Politics, Philosophy
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 1062  
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: 47
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 47,, accessed: 26 January 2023

Additional comments:

See Fenner Brockway, 'Socialism over Sixty Years: The Life of Jowett of Bradford (1864-1944)', (London, 1946) p.28



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