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Record 3357

Reading Experience:

'The girls at the hat and cap factory where [Mary Bertenshaw] worked would huddle round at dinner to read Aristotle's Masterpiece over general giggles: "It contained explicit pictures of the developent of a foetus; in turn we read out passages. This went on until our boss Abe interrupted us. We felt so ashamed and from then on kept even further away from the VD clinic and became very dubious about the male sex'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: daytime
Place: city: Manchester
other location: at place of work
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary reactive unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Mary Bertenshaw
Age Unknown
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1904
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: factory worker
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: [anon]
Title: Aristotle's Masterpiece
Genre: Medicine, Reference / General works, sex manual
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 3357  
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: 207
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 207,, accessed: 22 February 2024

Additional comments:

See Mary Bertenshaw, 'Sunrise to Sunset', (Manchester, 1980) p.99



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