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Record 4461

Reading Experience:

'Once a month when [Jack Jones's] duties took him to Cardiff, he would exchange twelve to twenty books and take them home in an old suitcase. He read Tolstoy and Gork, and raced through most of Dostoevsky in a month. He was guided by a librarian who, like a university tutor, demanded an intelligent critique of everything he read'.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: unknown
Country: Wales
Time: n/a
Place: city: Blaengaerw
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:Jack Jones
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1884
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: miner, also book buyer for local miners' library; Communist activist; later novelist
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Wales
Country of experience: Wales
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky
Title: [most works]
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (public library)
borrowed from Cardiff Central Library


Source Information:

Record ID: 4461  
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: 319
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 319,, accessed: 21 June 2024

Additional comments:

See Jack Jones, 'Unfinished Journey' (London, 1937) pp.192-97



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