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Record 4561

Reading Experience:

'No national commentator sympathised with working-class culture so well as Wilfred Pickles, BBC newsreader and stonemason's son. But even he admitted that the hours he spent in the public library, reading Shelley, Keats, Shaw and Galsworthy, represented a desperate breakout from the stultifying provincialism of his native Halifax.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Halifax
other location: public library
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:Wilfred Pickles
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 13 Oct 1904
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: stonemason's son; later newsreader
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: George Bernard Shaw
Title: [unknown]
Genre: Fiction, Drama, Essays / Criticism
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: read in situ
in public library


Source Information:

Record ID: 4561  
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: 344
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 344,, accessed: 01 July 2022

Additional comments:

See Wilfred Pickles, 'Between You and Me' (London, 1949) pp. 29-30



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