Sunday, 8th January 2017

by Joshua Gaskell

In the mid-seventeenth century, in Britain, literacy was between ten and thirty per cent, meaning even the mediocre writer of a worthy, plodding biography or an epically dull poem was in possession of a saleable commodity. The post-1870 Education Acts are seen as a success for practically eradicating illiteracy, but spare a thought for the journeyman aspirant.