A Midsummer Night's Dream

Reading experience

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Reading experience
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"Shakespeare provided a political script for J.R. Clynes, the son of an Irish farm labourer, who rose from the textile mills of Oldham to become deputy leader of the House of Commons. In his youth he drew inspiration from the ""strange truth"" he found in Twelfth Night: ""Be not afraid of greatness"". (""What a creed! How it would upset the world if men lived up to it, I thought"") Urged on by a Cooperative Society librarian, he worked through the plays and discovered they were about people who ""had died for their beliefs. Wat Tyler and Jack Cade seemed heroes"". Reading Julius Caesar, ""the realisation came suddenly to me that it was a mighty political drama"" about class struggle, ""not just an entertainment""... Elected to Parliament in 1906, he read A Midsummer Night"s Dream while awaiting the returns".

Source

The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes

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Clynes, John Robert
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Notes
See J.R. Clynes, 'Memoirs' (1937)

How to cite this record

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Accessed on 2019/09/16 14:30:09

Related place
England
Related people
Clynes, John Robert
Related text or manuscript
The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes
Related place
England
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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Reading experience
Identifer:
ukred-2483

Evidence

"Shakespeare provided a political script for J.R. Clynes, the son of an Irish farm labourer, who rose from the textile mills of Oldham to become deputy leader of the House of Commons. In his youth he drew inspiration from the ""strange truth"" he found in Twelfth Night: ""Be not afraid of greatness"". (""What a creed! How it would upset the world if men lived up to it, I thought"") Urged on by a Cooperative Society librarian, he worked through the plays and discovered they were about people who ""had died for their beliefs. Wat Tyler and Jack Cade seemed heroes"". Reading Julius Caesar, ""the realisation came suddenly to me that it was a mighty political drama"" about class struggle, ""not just an entertainment""... Elected to Parliament in 1906, he read A Midsummer Night"s Dream while awaiting the returns".

Source

The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes

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Reader(s) and listener(s)

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Clynes, John Robert
Aged 37 [Experience in 1906, born in 1869]

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1906
Time of Reading Experience
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EuRED : emotions
EuRED : intensity
EuRED : environment
EuRED : lighting
EuRED : testimony
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Notes
See J.R. Clynes, 'Memoirs' (1937)

How to cite this record

You can copy this item for personal use, share it, and post it on a blog or website. It cannot be used commercially without permission. Please ensure the following credit accompanies it:

The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes
http://eured.univ-lemans.fr/dbworkshop/index.php/Detail/objects/84129
Accessed on 2019/09/16 14:30:09

Related place
England
Related people
Clynes, John Robert
Related text or manuscript
The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes
Related place
England
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