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Record 4578

Reading Experience:

'Flora Thompson's village school had no geography books and no formal instruction in geography or history, other than readers offering stock tales about King Alfred and the cakes and King Canute ordering the tide to retreat... her Royal Reader offered thrilling depictions of the Himalayas, the Andes, Greenland, the Amazon, Hudson's Bay and the South Pacific, as well as scenes from Washington Irving and James Fenimore Cooper. She also remembered borrowing a decrepit copy of Belzoni's Travels and enjoying intensely the excursion through Egyptian archaeology. But she was an unusually self-motivated reader: her less-educated neighbours were only hazily aware of the existence of Oxford, just nineteen miles away.'
Century: 1850-1899, 1900-1945
Date: Between Jan 1880 and Dec 1890
Country: England
Time: daytime
Place: county: Oxfordshire
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:Flora Thompson
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 5 Dec 1876
Socio-economic group: Labourer (agricultural)
Occupation: later novelist and poet
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: Giovanni Battista Belzoni
Title: Narrative of the Operations and Recent Discoveries within the Pyramids, Temples, Tombs and Excavations in Egypt and Nubia, &c.
Genre: History, Geography / Travel
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (other)


Source Information:

Record ID: 4578  
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: 347
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 347,, accessed: 21 May 2024

Additional comments:

See Flora Thompson, Lark Rise to Candleford (1939), pp.33-4, 110



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