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Record 5967

Reading Experience:

'[Aneurin Bevan] burrowed through the Tredegar Workmen's Institute Library, and acquired his characteristically grandiose vocabulary through close study of Roget's Thesaurus... When he chaired the Tredegar Library Committee, ?60 of its ?300 acquisitions budget was delegated to a colliery repairman to buy philosophy books. Bevan could quote Nietzsche, discuss F.H. Bradley's "Appearance and Reality", and deeply impress an Oxford tutor with his crique of Kant's "Categorical Imperative"... Bevan was... deeply influenced by "The Theory of the Leisure Class".'
Century: 1850-1899, 1900-1945
Date: unknown
Country: Wales
Time: n/a
Place: city: Tredegar
other location: Workmen's Institute Library
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:Aneurin (Nye) Bevan
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 15 Nov 1897
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: later Labour politician
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Wales
Country of experience: Wales
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: F.H. Bradley
Title: Appearance and Reality
Genre: Philosophy
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: read in situ
read at Tredegar Workmen's Institute Library


Source Information:

Record ID: 5967  
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: 423
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 423,, accessed: 03 December 2023

Additional comments:

See Smith, 'Bevan and South Wales', pp.178-94; Foot, 'Bevan', various page refs.



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