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Record 2795

Reading Experience:

'"Thinking back, I am amazed at the amount of English literature we absorbed in those four years", recalled Ethel Clark, a Gloucester railway worker's daughter, "and I pay tribute to the man who made it possible... Scott, Thackeray, Shakespeare, Longfellow, Dickens, Matthew Arnold, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Rudyard Kipling were but a few authors we had at our fingertips. How he made the people live again for us!".'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: county: Gloucestershire
other location: school
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:Ethel Clark
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1909
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: railway worker's daughter
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: Harriet Beecher Stowe
Title: n/a
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: read in situ
read at school


Source Information:

Record ID: 2795  
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: 157
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 157,, accessed: 13 July 2024

Additional comments:

See John Burnett (ed.) "Destiny Obscure" (Harmondsworth, 1987) p.159



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