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Record 202

Reading Experience:

'If Clynes needed a second lesson in the subversive power of print, it came when his foreman nearly sacked him for sneaking a look at "Paradise Lost" during a work break at the mill.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: unknown
Country: n/a
Time: daytime: work break at the mill
Place: at the mill, presumably 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 Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1869
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: millworker; later a Labour MP
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: John Milton
Title: Paradise Lost
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 202  
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: 28 January 2023

Additional comments:

See J.R. Clynes, "Memoirs: 1869-1924" (London, 1937) p.45



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