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Record 4557

Reading Experience:

'[Jim Flowers's ] trade unionist father had given him Tom Paine to read, so he took an internationalist republican view of history. During the First World War, when the headmaster read aloud rosy dispatches from the Daily Chronicle, "It struck me that if ever the British had to go backwards they wouldn't say it was a retreat, it was a strategic withdrawal...".'
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:Jim Flowers
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: engineer's son
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: Thomas Paine
Title: [unknown -Rights of Man?]
Genre: History, Politics, Philosophy
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned
given by father


Source Information:

Record ID: 4557  
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: 339
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 339,, accessed: 27 June 2022

Additional comments:

See Humphries, 'Hooligans or Rebels?', pp.41-44.



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