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Record 2487

Reading Experience:

'At a second-hand stall, [Richard Hillyer] bought a four volume Half Hours with Best Authors. One could dismiss it as a potted Anglocentric collection of snippets by dead writers, but as Hilyer explained: "The all important thing was that between the battered covers were bits and pieces from vast range of literature, people I had always wanted to read, and others I had never heard of, but standing in full tradition and waiting to be discovered. It is easy to talk of epochs in a life, events which are permanent, and far-reaching, enough to be called that are rare, but this was one. The dilapidated old book opened to me the sweep and grandeur of English literature better than most professional teachers would have done".'
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:

Title: Half Hours With Best Authors
Genre: Miscellany / Anthology
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 2487  
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: 27 January 2023

Additional comments:

See Richard Hillyer, 'Country Boy' pp.134-5



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