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Record 4124

Reading Experience:

In the public library [Manny Shinwell] doggedly tackled volumes "whose contents I usually failed to understand": Paley's Evidences of Christianity, Haeckel's Riddle of the Universe, Herbert Spencer's Sociology, the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. Shinwell's whole intellectual career was an exciting but laborious exercise in decoding. All his life he used a dictionary to correct his pronunciation'.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: unknown
Country: Scotland
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:Emmanuel Shinwell (later Baron Shinwell)
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 18 Oct 1884
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: machinist in factory, later politician
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Marcus Aurelius
Title: Meditations
Genre: Classics, Philosophy
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (public library)


Source Information:

Record ID: 4124  
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: 226
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 226,, accessed: 28 January 2023

Additional comments:

See Emmanuel Shinwell, 'Lead with the Left: My first Ninety-Six Years' (London, 1981) pp25-35



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