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Record 1433

Reading Experience:

'The historical classics "came as a revelation"- Macaulay, J.R. Green, Gibbon, Motley's Dutch Republic, Prescott on Peru and Mexico and The French Revolution. Academic critics today might discern ideologies in all of the above, but that was not Lawson's reading of them. "Of politics I knew nothing and cared less", he recalled, yet his purely literary readings had helped him form "some very definite opinions on the right and wrong of things social..."'
Century: 1850-1899, 1900-1945
Date: Until: 1900
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Durham
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:Jack Lawson
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1881
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: collier
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: Edward Gibbon
Title: [The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire?]
Genre: History
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown
From Boldon Miners' Institute - uncertain whether borrowed or read in situ


Source Information:

Record ID: 1433  
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: 52
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 52,, accessed: 19 July 2024

Additional comments:

See Jack Lawson, 'A Man's Life' (London, 1932)



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