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Record 3818

Reading Experience:

'Britain was a mainly urban society...and soon an expanding range of sexual literature became available in the cities. Mark Grossek, the son of a Jewish immigrant tailor in Southwark, acquired his knowledge from grafitti, scandalous stories in the local press, 'Lloyd's Weekly News', 'Measure for Measure', the Song of Solomon, some old plays a fellow student had dug out of his father's library, General Booth's 'In Darkest England', Tobias Smollett, Quain's 'Dictionary of Medicine', as well as Leviticus ("For myself, the most subtle aura of enticement was wafted from the verb 'begat' and the noun 'concubine'")There was also Ovid, but unfortunately the popular translation published by Bohn "had left all the tasty chunks in Latin".'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London, Southwark
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:Mark Grossek
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1888
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: tailor's son
Religion: Jewish
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: [old plays]
Genre: Drama
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (private library)
belonged to a friend's father


Source Information:

Record ID: 3818  
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: 213
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 213,, accessed: 21 February 2024

Additional comments:

See Mark Grossek, 'First Movement', pp. 30, 135-9.



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