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the experience of reading in Britain, from 1450 to 1945...

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Record Number: 2398


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'In the depressed steelworks town of Merthyr Tydfil between the world wars, schoolboys were baffled by A Christmas Carol: "for one thing, we never could understand why it was considered that Bob Cratchit was hard done by - a good job, we all thought he had".'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 1918 and 1939

Country:

Wales

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Merthyr Tydfil

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:

Welsh schoolboys

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Labourer (non-agricultural)

Occupation:

schoolboys in mining community

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

Wales

Country of Experience:

Wales

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Charles Dickens

Title:

A Christmas Carol

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown
read at school


Source Information:

Record ID:

2398

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:

114

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes, (New Haven, 2001), p. 114, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=2398, accessed: 25 February 2020


Additional Comments:

See R.L. Lee, 'The Town that Died' (London, 1975) p.88

   
   
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