What is unlettered?

  • (adj): Having little acquaintance with writing.
    Example: "Special tutorials to assist the unlettered sector of society"
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Revelations Of Divine Love - Education
... Although Julian refers to herself as a simple creature unlettered (Rev. 2), it is possible that she was educated and that "unlettered" carries a more nuanced meaning ... Also, "unlettered" in the Middle Ages did not necessarily mean the inability to read or write ...
Devekut in Hasidism - Deveikut and Jewish Observance - Deveikut and Hasidic Prayer
... centres of Talmudic scholarship and the unlettered masses ... in Rabbinic Judaism on Torah study, it was perceived that the unlettered masses, though not at fault, were spiritually inferior ... the Baal Shem Tov's conduct instructed his new mystical teaching and boundless delight in the unlettered deveikut of the simple folk The saintly prayers of the Baal Shem Tov and his close circle ...

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    What avail all your scholarly accomplishments and learning, compared with wisdom and manhood? To omit his other behavior, see what a work this comparatively unread and unlettered man wrote within six weeks. Where is our professor of belles-lettres, or of logic and rhetoric, who can write so well?
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    ... the big courageous acts of life are those one never hears of and only suspects from having been through like experience. It takes real courage to do battle in the unspectacular task. We always listen for the applause of our co-workers. He is courageous who plods on, unlettered and unknown.... In the last analysis it is this courage, developing between man and his limitations, that brings success.
    Alice Foote MacDougall (1867–1945)

    This unlettered man’s speaking and writing are standard English. Some words and phrases deemed vulgarisms and Americanisms before, he has made standard American; such as “It will pay.” It suggests that the one great rule of composition—and if I were a professor of rhetoric I should insist on this—is, to speak the truth. This first, this second, this third; pebbles in your mouth or not. This demands earnestness and manhood chiefly.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)