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Record 3282

Reading Experience:

[A Sheffield Survey organised by Arnold Freeman in 1918, assessing 816 manual workers, gives the following case:] 'Private in an infantry regiment, formerly a skilled painter, age eighteen. Spends evenings painting, reading, working on model airplanes. Has attended art school....Patronizes Free Library. Has read The Pickwick Papers, The Old Curiosity Shop, David Copperfield, Bulwer Lytton, Ballantyne, Henty, Robinson Crusoe, Quentin Dirward, Ivanhoe, Waverley, Kidnapped, Treasure Island and Two Years before the Mast, as well as the travels of David Livingstone, Fridtjof Nansen, Matthew Peary and Scott of the Antarctic'.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Jan 1900 and 31 Dec 1918
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Sheffield
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:questionaire respondent
Age Unknown
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1900
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: soldier, was painter
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Fridtjof Nansen
Title: [Travels - probably 'Farthest North']
Genre: Geography / Travel
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 3282  
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: 191
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 191,, accessed: 17 June 2024

Additional comments:

See [Arnold Freeman], 'The Equipment of the Workers' (London, 1919)



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