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Record 2398

Reading Experience:

'In the depressed steelworks town of Merthyr Tydfil between the world wars, schoolboys were baffled by A Christmas Carol: "for one thing, we never could understand why it was considered that Bob Cratchit was hard done by - a good job, we all thought he had".'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1918 and 1939
Country: Wales
Time: n/a
Place: city: Merthyr Tydfil
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:

Reading Group:Welsh schoolboys
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: schoolboys in mining community
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Wales
Country of experience: Wales
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Charles Dickens
Title: A Christmas Carol
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown
read at school


Source Information:

Record ID: 2398  
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: 114
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 114,, accessed: 27 January 2023

Additional comments:

See R.L. Lee, 'The Town that Died' (London, 1975) p.88



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