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Record 2005

Reading Experience:

'Emrys Daniel Hughes, son of a Welsh miner, first treated Pilgrim's Progress as an illustrated adventure story. When he was jailed during the first World War for refusing conscription, he reread it and discovered a very different book: "Lord Hategood could easily have been in the Government. I had talked with Mr Worldly Wiseman and had been in the Slough of Despond and knew all the jurymen who had been on the jury at the trial of Hopeful at Vanity Fair. And Vanity Fair would of course have been all for the War."'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1914 and 1918
Country: n/a
Time: n/a
Place: other location: prison
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:Emrys Daniel Hughes
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: miner's son
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Wales
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: John Bunyan
Title: Pilgrim's Progress
Genre: Other religious, Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (institution library)


Source Information:

Record ID: 2005  
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: 105
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 105,, accessed: 01 February 2023

Additional comments:

See Janet Fyfe, 'Books Behind Bars: The Role of Books, Reading and Libraries in British Prison Reform 1701-1911' (Westport CT, 1992) pp.195-6



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