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Xenophon  : Memorabilia

'[the father of C.H. Rolph] read diligently through a list of the "Hundred Best Books" compiled in 1886 by Sir John Lubbock. "It included nearly all of the books that one didn't want to read or gave up if one tried", Rolph recalled: "Aristotle's Ethics, The Koran, Xenophon's Memorabilia, The Nibelunglied, Schiller's William Tell; and it ended with 'Dickens's Pickwick and David Copperfield' (only) but 'Scott's novels' (apparently the lot). For the most part they were the books which it seemed, you should expect to find in every intelligent man's private library; with, in most such libraries, their leaves uncut'.

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group:      Print: Book


Xenophon  : 

" ... it was whilst at a frivolous, rote-learning girls' school that ... [Frances Power Cobbe] developed her determined, methodical aproach [to reading] ... She read all the Faerie Queene, all of Milton's poetry, the Divina Commedia and Gerusalemme Liberata in the originals, and in translation the Iliad, Odyssey, Aeneid, Pharsalia, and ... [nearly all] of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripedes, Ovid, Tacitus, Xenophon, Herodotus and Thucydides."

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Frances Power Cobbe      Print: Book


Xenophon  : Memorabilia

"Deist" and "heathen" authors studied by the young Frances Power Cobbe: "Gibbon, Hume, Tindal, Collins, and Voltaire ... Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Epictetus, Plutarch's Moralia, Xenophon's Memorabilia, and a little Plato."

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Frances Power Cobbe      Print: Book


Xenophon  : Anabasis; with an English translation by Carleton L. Brownson

Copious MS notes in the hand of Sir George Otto Trevelyan, including: "The marginal lines, and notes, are copied from Macaulay's Dindorf." Many MS dates of reading between 1926-7. "It is a curious circumstance that (considering the enormous amount of Greek that I have read) I should have read this wonderful book of Anabases for the first time at the age of 88 and a half!"

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: George Otto Trevelyan      Print: Book


Xenophon  : Anabasis

"CPT read this aloud to PJD December 1957, the last book we read before his death in Jan 1958. He had not read it since Harrow days, (at school) aged 16!" Written by Pauline Dower about her father Charles Philips Trevelyan.

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Charles Philips Trevelyan      Print: Book


Xenophon  : 

The Earl of Lonsdale to John Wilson Croker, 4 September 1849: 'I am a [italics]worshipper[end italics] of Arthur Young's, and from me you will hear only his praises. I think him the most truthful writer and fuller of information upon any subject than any other author [...] He is the only man of eminence of my time that I unfortunately was not acquainted with; I did not then appreciate his merits. Since I have turned my attention to agriculture, I look upon him as the real source of information upon all matters [...] I have a duplicate of his works, one at Lowther and another in London, and some odd ones both at Barnes and Whitehaven. His agricultural tours in France and Italy I consider the only works that give an intelligible account of those countries. 'His tour in Ireland has given me the idea that his views of Ireland were nearer the truth than any other work. When I received your letter yesterday, I was just starting to make a journey with Mr. Parker to look at some land that he had recommended in his northern tour seventy years ago to be cultivated, and drained, and whch is now in the same state as it was at the time he wrote. We found it exactly as he described it [...] I have read everything as regards agriculture, from Xenophon and Virgil, to Mechi and Huxtable. There is everything in Arthur Young [...] His "Farmer's Calendar," which is for the management [of a farm] advising what to do each month by month, is the standard book of all farmers at present, and has gone through many editions. I have three different editions of it.'

Century: 1700-1799 / 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Earl of Lonsdale      Print: Book


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From George Grote's diary, kept for his fiancee Harriet Lewin (1819): 'Mr Bury brought me Ricardo's pamphlets this day. Between 4 and 5 I set to and read his Pamphlet on the depreciation of our paper currency. Dined at 1/2 past 5; played on the bass; read some more Ricardo -- his reply to Mr. Bosanquet, which is most able [...] spent the evening in going on with my "thoughts,' looking at some parts of Xenophon and Aristotle.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: George Grote      Print: Book


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