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Record 2486

Reading Experience:

'From a classroom library of perhaps two dozen volumes [Richard Hillyer] borrowed one by Tennyson, simply because it had 'Poet Laureate' printed on the title page: the coloured words flashed out and entranced my fancy... my dormant imagination opened like a flower in the sun".'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: county: Northamptonshire
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:Richard Hillyer
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1900
Socio-economic group: Labourer (agricultural)
Occupation: cowman's son
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Alfred Lord Tennyson
Title: n/a
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (institution library)
school library


Source Information:

Record ID: 2486  
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: 127
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 127,, accessed: 03 December 2022

Additional comments:

See Richard Hillyer, 'Country Boy' p.29



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