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Record 5424

Reading Experience:

"As an errand-boy I had, of course, many hardships to undergo, and to bear with much tyranny; and that led me into reasoning upon men and things, the causes of misery, the anomalies of our societary state, politics &tc., and the circle of my being rapidly out-surged. New power came to me with all that I saw and thought and read. I studied political works, - such as Paine, Volney, Howitt, Louis Blanc, &tc, which gave me another element to mould into my verse, though I am convinced that a poet must sacrifice much if he write party-political poetry."
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1833 and 1849
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
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:Gerald Massey
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 29 May 1828
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: Chartist poet and prose writer; at the time errand boy
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: Louis Blanc
Title: n/a
Genre: Politics
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 5424  
Source - Print  
  Author: Gerald Massey
  Editor: Samuel Smiles
  Title: Poetical Works
  Place of Publication: n/a
  Date of Publication: 1861
  Vol: n/a
  Page: xiii
  Additional comments: The quotation comes from Samuel Smiles' introduction to Massey's "Poetical Works", entitled "A Biographical Sketch of Gerald Massey, 1851 (when he was only 23)". Smiles is here quoting Massey himself, though the source is not attributed.

Citation: Gerald Massey, Samuel Smiles (ed.), Poetical Works (1861), p. xiii,, accessed: 04 December 2023

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