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

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Record Number: 4227


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Nottinghamshire collier G.A.W. Tomlinson volunteered for repair shifts on weekends, when he could earn time-and-a-half and read on the job. On Sundays, "I sat there on my toolbox, half a mile from the surface, one mile from the nearest church and seemingly hundreds of miles from God, reading the Canterbury Tales, Lamb's Essays, Darwin's Origin of Species, Wilde's Ballad of Reading Gaol, or anything that I could manage to get hold of". That could be hazardous: once, when he should have been minding a set of rail switches, he was so absorbed in Goldsmith's The Deserted Village that he allowed tubs full of coal to crash into empties'.

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

unknown

Country:

England

Time

daytime: at weekends

Place:

county: Nottinghamshire
other location: down coal pit, half a mile underground

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:

G.A.W. Tomlinson

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

1906

Socio-Economic Group:

Labourer (non-agricultural)

Occupation:

collier

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Oscar Wilde

Title:

Ballad of Reading Gaol

Genre:

Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

4227

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:

242

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes, (New Haven, 2001), p. 242, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=4227, accessed: 08 July 2020


Additional Comments:

See G.A.W. Tomlinson, 'Coal-Miner', pp74-77. No further reference traceable in Rose.

   
   
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