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Record 5605

Reading Experience:

'Especially effective [at transmitting conservative values to the working classes] were the pious works of Hesba Stretton, Mrs O.F. Walton, and Amy Le Feuvre, stories with titles like "Little Meg's Children", "Jessica's First Prayer", "Christie's Old Organ", and "Froggy's Little Brother". In an Oxfordshire village in the 1880s, Flora Thompson recalled that children and mothers alike borrowed them from the Sunday School library and cried over them.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1880 and 1890
Country: England
Time: n/a
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:

Reading Group:children and mothers
Age Unknown
Gender Unknown
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Unknown/NA
Occupation: n/a
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: Hesba Stretton
Title: Jessica's First Prayer
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (other)
from Sunday School Library


Source Information:

Record ID: 5605  
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: 384-5
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 384-5,, accessed: 23 March 2023

Additional comments:

See Flora Thompson, 'Lark Rise to Candleford' (1939), pp.252-3



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