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Record 1813

Reading Experience:

'[Through the Women's Co-operative Guild, Deborah Smith] began reading poetry and, at age fifty one, discovered her own spiritual longings in Tennyson: Break, break, break on thy cold grey stones, oh sea, Oh would that my tongue could utter The thoughts that arise in me!'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Jan 1909 and 31 Dec 1910
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Nelson
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:Deborah Smith
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1858
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: weaver
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: Alfred Lord Tennyson
Title: 'Break, break, break'
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 1813  
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: 78
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 78,, accessed: 26 February 2024

Additional comments:

See Deborah Smith, 'My Revelation' (London, 1933)



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