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Record Number: 1442


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

[Alice Foley] read some Morris and less Marx, but for her a liberal education for the proletariat was not merely a means of achieving socialism: it was socialism in fact. At night school she staged a personal revolution by writing a paper on Romeo and Juliet and thriling to the "new romantic world" of Jane Eyre. She joined a Socialist Sunday School where 'Hiawatha' was recited for its "prophetic idealism", and a foundry hammerman intoned Keats's 'Eve of St Agnes and 'Ode on a Grecian Urn'.

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

unknown

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Bolton

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:

Alice Foley

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

1891

Socio-Economic Group:

Labourer (non-agricultural)

Occupation:

cotton mill worker

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:

William Morris

Title:

n/a

Genre:

Essays / Criticism, Social Science, Politics

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

1442

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:

54

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes, (New Haven, 2001), p. 54, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=1442, accessed: 20 June 2024


Additional Comments:

See Alice Foley, 'A Bolton Childhood' (Manchester, 1973)

   
   
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