E. P. Thompson's revolutionary 1963 account of working-class life
re-created the experiences, ideals, rituals and aspirations of
those who had been forgotten by history.
E. P. Thompson was born in 1924 and read history at Corpus Christi, Cambridge, graduating in 1946. An academic, writer and acclaimed historian, his first major work was a biography of William Morris. The Making of the English Working Class was instantly recognized as a classic on its publication in 1963 and secured his position as one of the leading social historians of his time. Thompson was also a leading figure in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. He died in 1993.
Thompson's work combines passion and intellect, the gifts of the
poet, the narrator and the analyst -- Eric Hobsbawm * Independent
A dazzling vindication of the lives and aspirations of the then - and now once again - neglected culture of working-class England -- Martin Kettle * Observer *
Superbly readable . . . a moving account of the culture of the self-taught in an age of social and intellectual deprivation -- Asa Briggs * Financial Times *
An event not merely in the writing of English history but in the politics of our century -- Michael Foot * Times Literary Supplement *
The greatest of our socialist historians -- Terry Eagleton * New Statesman *