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Record 956

Reading Experience:

'Though one former ploughboy extolled Shakespeare for possessing a deep sense of the pure morality of the Gospel" and quoted from him on most of the 440 pages of his autobiography, he was anxious to insist that "Shakespeare can be far more appreciated and better understood in the closet than in a public theater".'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Until: 1840
Country: n/a
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
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:Samuel Westcott Tilke
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Labourer (agricultural)
Occupation: (former) ploughboy
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: William Shakespeare
Title: n/a
Genre: Drama, Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 956  
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: 32-3
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 32-3,, accessed: 04 October 2023

Additional comments:

See Samuel Westcott Tilke, 'An Autobiographical Memoir' (1840)



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