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Record 2480

Reading Experience:

'[Joseph Keating's] initiation into modern literature came when his brother introduced him to Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men in a Boat: "I had thought that only Smollett and Dickens could make a reader laugh; and I was surprised to find that a man who was actually living could write in such a genuinely humorous way'.
Century: 1850-1899
Date: unknown
Country: Wales
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:Joseph Keating
Age Unknown
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1871
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: collier
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: Jerome K. Jerome
Title: Three Men in a Boat
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (other)
from brother


Source Information:

Record ID: 2480  
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: 121-2
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 121-2,, accessed: 09 February 2023

Additional comments:

See Joseph Keating 'My Struggle for Life' (London, 1916)



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