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Record 5017

Reading Experience:

'Edwin Whitlock faced...[reading] shortages. A farmer on the Salisbury Downs, he had plenty of time to read while shepherding: "the difficulty was to get hold of books. The only ones in our house were the Bible, a few thin Sunday School prizes, which were mostly very pious publications, and a Post Office directory from 1867, whch volume I read from cover to cover".'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: county: Dorset- Salisbury Downs
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:Edwin Whitlock
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1874
Socio-economic group: Labourer (agricultural)
Occupation: shepherd
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: [Sunday School prize books]
Genre: Other religious
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 5017  
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: 22 February 2024

Additional comments:

See Ralph Whitlock, 'A Family and a Village', (London, 1969) pp. 131-32



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