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Record 3365

Reading Experience:

'Allen Clark, the son of Bolton textile workers, found physiology books in the public library incomprehensible. A newspaper reference to Rabelais motivated him to borrow Gargantua and Pantagruel, which was no more helpful: "the love passages in the tales were meaningless and boring and I skipped them".'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Bolton
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:Allen Clark
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1863
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: son of textile workers
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: [physiology textbooks]
Genre: Textbook / self-education, Medicine
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (public library)


Source Information:

Record ID: 3365  
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: 210
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 210,, accessed: 28 February 2024

Additional comments:

See Allen Clarke 'Adventuring in "The Realms of Gold"', Liverpool Weekly Post (26 May, 1934)



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