Gareth StedmanJones, 1 November 1984
Show More Proletarian Philosophers: Problems in Socialist Culture in Britain 1900-1940 by Jonathan Rée.
Oxford, 176 pp., £15, February 1984, 0 19 827261 8Show More
“... Sometime in the late Sixties, I was invited, along with some senior socialist historians, to meet Bill Craik, a veteran and pioneer, so I was told, of independent working-class education. The intention was to find a practical means of honouring his work. I was taken to a tiny North London council flat, and there sitting in the middle of its cramped living-room, I encountered a very ancient and frail-looking man, striking mainly for the large and antique ear-trumpet which he applied when straining to catch remarks addressed to him ...”