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Record 1459

Reading Experience:

'Even before [Chaim Lewis] discovered the English novelists, he was introduced to Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Turgenev and Pushkin by a Russian revolutionary rag merchant who studied Dickens in the Whitechapel Public Library and read aloud from Man and Superman. Another friend - the son of a widowed mother, who left school at fourteen - exposed him to Egyptology, Greek architecture, Scott, Smollett, the British Musuem and Prescott's History of the Conquest of Peru'.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
specific address: Whitechapel Public Library
other location: 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:a revolutionary Russian rag merchant
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: Rag Merchant
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Russian
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: rag merchant


Text Being Read:

Author: Charles Dickens
Title: n/a
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: read in situ


Source Information:

Record ID: 1459  
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: 56
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 56,, accessed: 27 January 2023

Additional comments:

See Chaim Lewis, 'A Soho Address', (London, 1965)



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