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Record 3363

Reading Experience:

'For Tom Barclay, son of a Catholic rag-and-bone collector, the erotic episodes in the Douay Bible "aroused my curiosity as to sexual matters". He found some answers in secondhand schooltexts of Ovid, Juvenal and Catullus: though he knew no Latin beyond the Mass, the English notes offered plenty of background on the filthy loves of gods and goddesses".'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
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:Tom Barclay
Age n/a
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1852
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: rag and bone collector's son
Religion: Catholic
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: Catullus
Title: [unknown]
Genre: Classics, Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: school editions, in Latin but annotated in English
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 3363  
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: 209
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 209,, accessed: 24 June 2024

Additional comments:

See Tom Barclay, 'Memoirs and Medleys: The Autobiography of a Bottle-washer' (Leicester, 1934) pp.19-20



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