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Record Number: 1819


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

[According to Flora Thompson], "Modern writers who speak of the booklessness of the poor at that time must mean books as possessions...there were always books to borrow"... One could borrow Pamela and the Waverley novels from a neighbour, Christies Old Organ from the Sunday School library. Her uncle, a shoemaker, had once carted home from a country-house auction a large collection of books that no-one would buy: novels, poetry, sermons, histories, dictionaries. She read him Cranford while he worked in his shop... Later she could borrow from her employer (the village postmistress) Shakespeare and Byron's Don Juan, as well as Jane Austen, Dickens and Trollope from the Mechanics' Institute library.'

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

unknown

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:

Reader:

Flora Thompson

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

05 Dec 1876

Socio-Economic Group:

Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder

Occupation:

worked for postmistress, then a writer

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

her uncle


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Jane Austen

Title:

n/a

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

borrowed (other)


Source Information:

Record ID:

1819

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:

85

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes, (New Haven, 2001), p. 85, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=1819, accessed: 25 February 2020


Additional Comments:

See Flora Thompson, Lark Rise to Candleford (Harmondsworth, 1987)

   
   
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