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Record 961

Reading Experience:

'While he read little but the Bible and religious periodicals, his son was working his way through the Rhymney Workmen's Institute Library and Cassell's National Library of 3d paperbacks. MacAulay's essays, Goldsmith's History of England, Far from the Madding Crowd, Self-Help, Josephus, Plutarch, Shakespeare, Pepys, Johnson's Lives of the Poets, and The Sorrows of Young Werther were among the books Jones read, often on his employer's time. (He hid them under the ledger at the Rhymney Iron Works, where he worked a thirteen hour day as a timekeeper for 9s. a week.)'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: unknown
Country: Wales
Time: daytime: whilst supposed to be working
Place: specific address: Rhymney Iron Works
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:Thomas Jones
Age n/a
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1870
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: timekeeper at ironworks when grown up
Religion: Nonconformist
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: Thomas Babington MacAulay
Title: n/a
Genre: Essays / Criticism
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (institution library)
Rhymney Workmen's Institute Library, or owned in 3d.paperback


Source Information:

Record ID: 961  
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: 33-34
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 33-34,, accessed: 24 June 2024

Additional comments:

See Thomas Jones, 'Rhymney Memories' (Llandysul, 1970)



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