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Record 3377

Reading Experience:

'When they were alone at home [Edna Bold] and her cousin Dorothy extracted from the kitchen bookcase and read side by side, a medical book and Foxe's Book of Martyrs. The intertextuality was profoundly scarring: "Childbirth and martyrdom were synonymmous. We suffered the torments of the damned...We never 'reproduced'."'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Manchester
location in dwelling: kitchen
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:Edna Bold
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1904
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: baker's daughter
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
cousin Dorothy
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: [unknown]
Title: [medical book]
Genre: Textbook / self-education, Medicine
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned
owned by parents


Source Information:

Record ID: 3377  
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: 212
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 212,, accessed: 04 March 2024

Additional comments:

See Edna Bold's recollections in John Burnett, ed. 'Destiny Obscure' (Harmondsworth, 1984) pp.119-20



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