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Record 5011

Reading Experience:

'As Cornish carpenter George Smith had little access to libraries, he "read every sort of book that came in my way" - novels, history, biblical criticism. He particularly liked mathematics because it was slow reading: "A treatise on algebra or geometry, which cost but a very few shillings, afforded me matter for close study for a year".'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: county: Cornwall
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:George Smith
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1800
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: carpenter
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: [unknown]
Title: [history]
Genre: History
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 5011  
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: 372
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 372,, accessed: 24 February 2024

Additional comments:

See George Smith, 'The Autobiography of George Smith LL.D, 1800-1868' (London, 1923) pp.15-16



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