Brantlinger, Patrick.  The Reading Lesson: The Threat of Mass Literacy in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction (Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1998).
Brantlinger stresses that throughout Alton Locke Kingsley, though recognizing that the working classes are more and more literate, considers that they are not yet adequately advanced to best represent their own interests: ". . .literacy . . .is insufficient cure the social anarchy stirred up by illiterate, or at least ignorant, masses" (105).

Alton Locke; Social and Political Views; Literacy.