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Record 1973

Reading Experience:

'V.S. Pritchett had an uncle, an atheist cabinet-maker, who taught himself to read from The Anatomy of Melancholy, even acquiring a few Latin and Greek words from the notes. "Look it up in Burton, lad", became his inevitable response to any question. "Burton was Uncle Arthur's emancipation", wrote Pritchett, "it set him free from the tyranny of the Bible in chapel-going circles". Whenever his pious relatives quoted Scripture at each other, he could trump them with something from The Anatomy of Melancholy.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: unknown
Country: n/a
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
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:

Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: cabinetmaker
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: V.S. Pritchett's Uncle


Text Being Read:

Author: Robert Burton
Title: The Anatomy of Melancholy
Genre: Philosophy
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 1973  
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: 97
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 97,, accessed: 23 February 2024

Additional comments:

See V.S. Pritchett, 'A Cab at the Door' (London, 1968), pp.47-8



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