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Record Number: 5741


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'A.E. Coppard, a laundrywoman's son who grew up in dire poverty, left school at nine, ascended the ranks of clerkdom and became (at age forty) a professional author. At fourteen he was still enjoying "Deadeye Dick", by twenty he was reading Henry James...He secured a literary education at the Brighton Public Library, and as a professional runner he used prize money to buy Hardy's poems, Shakespeare, Mackail's translation of "The Odyssey", and William Morris's "The Earthly Paradise". In an undemanding job... he read on company time, though there was a row when his supervisor found "Jude the Obscure" on his desk'.

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1898 and 31 Dec 1898

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Brighton

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:

Alfred Edgar Coppard

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

1878

Socio-Economic Group:

Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder

Occupation:

laundrywoman's son, later clerk and author

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:

Henry James

Title:

[unknown]

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

5741

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:

420

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes, (New Haven, 2001), p. 420, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=5741, accessed: 30 November 2021


Additional Comments:

See A.E. Coppard, 'It's Me, Oh Lord!' (London, 1957).

   
   
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