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Record 2814

Reading Experience:

'"One advantage of leaving school at an early age is that one can study subjects of your own choice", wrote Frank Argent, son of a Camberwell labourer. Taking advantage of the public library and early Penguins, he ranged all over the intellectual landscape: Freudian psychology, industrial administration, English literature, political history, Blake, Goethe, Mill,Nietzsche, The Webbs, Bertrand Russell's Essays in Scepticism, and Spengler's The Decline of the West'.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
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:Frank Argent
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1899
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: later trade unionist and factory inspector
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: [unknown]
Title: [political history]
Genre: History, Politics
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: in a Penguin edition
Provenance: borrowed (public library)
possibily owned?


Source Information:

Record ID: 2814  
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: 162
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 162,, accessed: 28 February 2024

Additional comments:

See Frank Argent, 'No Medals for Frankie', Southwark Local Studies Library



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