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Record Number: 5970


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'[Aneurin Bevan] burrowed through the Tredegar Workmen's Institute Library, and acquired his characteristically grandiose vocabulary through close study of Roget's Thesaurus... When he chaired the Tredegar Library Committee, ?60 of its ?300 acquisitions budget was delegated to a colliery repairman to buy philosophy books. Bevan could quote Nietzsche, discuss F.H. Bradley's "Appearance and Reality", and deeply impress an Oxford tutor with his crique of Kant's "Categorical Imperative"... Bevan was... deeply influenced by "The Theory of the Leisure Class".'

Century:

1850-1899, 1900-1945

Date:

unknown

Country:

n/a

Time

n/a

Place:

city

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:

Aneurin (Nye) Bevan

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

15 Nov 1897

Socio-Economic Group:

Labourer (non-agricultural)

Occupation:

later Labour politician

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

Wales

Country of Experience:

n/a

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Thorstein Veblen

Title:

The Theory of the Leisure Class

Genre:

Social Science, Philosophy, economics

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

5970

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:

423

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes, (New Haven, 2001), p. 423, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=5970, accessed: 25 June 2024


Additional Comments:

See Smith, 'Bevan and South Wales', pp.178-94; Foot, 'Bevan', various page refs.

   
   
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