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Record 2153

Reading Experience:

'Despite the disapproval of her comrade Palme Dutt, Helen Crawfurd found Communist propaganda in Scripture... According to her unauthorized version, "the Lamb dumb before her shearers, represented the uncritical exploited working class"...And when she had studied the Psalms long enough, she somehow discerned there a materialist conception of history: "I saw the Psalmist David as a shepherd on the hills, making his poems from the material things surrounding him, such as 'the green pastures, the still waters'".'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: unknown
Country: Scotland
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:

Reader:Helen Crawfurd
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1877
Socio-economic group: Unknown/NA
Occupation: unknown - Communist speaker
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Title: [Bible - Psalms]
Genre: Bible
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 2153  
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: 106
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 106,, accessed: 27 January 2023

Additional comments:

See Crawfurd's TS autobiography - whereabouts unclear



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