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Record 4300

Reading Experience:

'[Harry] McShane began his education in Marxism by reading Justice and The Socialist, the respective organs of the Social Democratic Federation and the Socialist Labour Party. But the former, he found, preached a "narrow stupid Marxism",while the latter printed page after grey page on the materialist conception of history. Even with A.P. Hazell's penny pamphlet, A Summary of Marx's 'Capital', it took him a full week to master the labour theory of value. Like most working-class readers he preferred Blatchford's Clarion, where an unideological socialism was leavened with breezy articles on literature, freethought and science'.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: unknown
Country: England
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:Harry McShane
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: later politician
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Robert Blatchford (ed.)
Title: The Clarion
Genre: Essays / Criticism, Politics
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 4300  
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: 305
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 305,, accessed: 07 December 2023

Additional comments:

See McShane and Smith, 'Harry McShane', pp246-66 - no further ref. traceable



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