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Record 3852

Reading Experience:

'Houseservant Margaret Powell was unusually daring: she left Marie Stopes, along with the Kama Sutra and Havelock Ellis, on the bedside table for her husband. (Eventually, she was forced to conclude that the books went unread, or at least unheeded).'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: unknown
Country: n/a
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:Margaret Powell
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1907
Socio-economic group: Servant
Occupation: houseservant
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Marie Stopes
Title: [book on sex]
Genre: Social Science, Reference / General works
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 3852  
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: 218
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 218,, accessed: 31 March 2023

Additional comments:

See Margaret Powell, 'Climbing the Stairs' (London, 1969) p.79



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