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Record 199

Reading Experience:

'The political awakening of J.R. Clynes came when three old blind men paid him 3d a week to read the newspapers to them: "Reading aloud was a new joy to me. Some of the articles I read from the local Oldham papers of the time must have been pretty poor stuff I suppose, but they went to my head like wine...'"
Century: 1850-1899
Date: unknown
Country: n/a
Time: n/a
Place: city: Oldham
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:J.R. Clynes
Age Unknown
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1869
Socio-economic group: Unknown/NA
Occupation: later a Labour MP; born into working class
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
3 old blind men
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Title: [newspapers]
Genre: Politics, Ephemera
Form of Text: Print: Newspaper
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 199  
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: 26
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 26,, accessed: 07 February 2023

Additional comments:

See J.R. Clynes, "Memoirs: 1869-1924" (London, 1937) p.35



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