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Record 2834

Reading Experience:

'merchant seaman Lennox Kerr ditched overboard his early experiments in authorship:"... writing isn't for the working man. It sets him apart. He isn't such a toiler if he knows too much or does things like writing. Even reading Shakespeare and the Bible and my Cobbett's Grammar put me under suspicion."'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: other location: on a ship
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:Lennox Kerr
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1899
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: merchant seaman
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: William Shakespeare
Title: [works]
Genre: Drama, Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 2834  
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: 180
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 180,, accessed: 28 March 2023

Additional comments:

See Lennox Kerr, 'The Eager Years' (London, 1940) p.102



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