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

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Record Number: 4460


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Once a month when [Jack Jones's] duties took him to Cardiff, he would exchange twelve to twenty books and take them home in an old suitcase. He read Tolstoy and Gork, and raced through most of Dostoevsky in a month. He was guided by a librarian who, like a university tutor, demanded an intelligent critique of everything he read'.

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

unknown

Country:

Wales

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Blaengaerw

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:

Jack Jones

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

1884

Socio-Economic Group:

Labourer (non-agricultural)

Occupation:

miner, also book buyer for local miners' library; Communist activist; later novelist

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:

Leo Tolstoy

Title:

[unknown]

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

borrowed (public library)
borrowed from Cardiff Central Library


Source Information:

Record ID:

4460

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:

319

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes, (New Haven, 2001), p. 319, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=4460, accessed: 24 February 2020


Additional Comments:

See Jack Jones, 'Unfinished Journey' (London, 1937) pp.192-97

   
   
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