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Record 4230

Reading Experience:

'When, during the 1926 miners' strike, [G.A.W. Tomlinson] read 'The Charge of the Light Brigade', an obvious political message "crashed into my mind, mixing together the soldiers of the poem and the men of the pits, I was terribly excited. Why hadn't all the clever people found this out?".'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: 1926
Country: England
Time: daytime: at weekends
Place: county: Nottinghamshire
other location: down coal pit, half a mile underground
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:G.A.W. Tomlinson
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1906
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: collier
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: Alfred Lord Tennyson
Title: The Charge of the Light Brigade
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 4230  
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: 242
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 242,, accessed: 01 July 2022

Additional comments:

See G.A.W. Tomlinson, 'Coal-Miner', pp119-20. No further reference traceable in Rose.



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