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Record 1449

Reading Experience:

'Her first WEA summer school at the end of the First World War, was "a new and undreamt-of experience... We argued over Wilson's Fourteen Points and in literary sessions read and explored Browning's poems. It was a strange joy to browse overthe niceties of Bishop Blougram's Apology or to delve into the intricacies of The Ring and the Book... It was a month of almost complete happiness; a pinnacle of joy never to be quite reached again".'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Jan 1918 and 31 Dec 1918
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: other location: WEA Summer School
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:Alice Foley
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1891
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: cotton mill 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: Robert Browning
Title: 'The Ring and the Book'
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: reading group


Source Information:

Record ID: 1449  
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: 54
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 54,, accessed: 19 July 2024

Additional comments:

See Alice Foley, 'A Bolton Childhood' (Manchester, 1973)



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