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Thomas a Kempis


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Thomas a Kempis : On The Imitation of Christ

Rose Macaulay had a 'craze' 'for the ascetic Thomas a Kempis's meditations and rule of conduct, On The Imitation of Christ, which her godmother gave her when she was 13'.

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


Thomas a Kempis : The Imitation of Christ

'Gifford had read only some ballads, the black-letter romance Parismus and Parismenus, some odd loose magazines of his mother's, the Bible (which he studied with his grandmother) and "The Imitation of Christ" (read to his mother on her deathbed). He then learned algebra by surreptitiously reading Fenning's textbook: his master's son owned the book and had deliberately hidden it from him'.

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: William Gifford      Print: Book


Thomas a Kempis : Imitation of Christ, The (?)

'I am reading Thomas a Kempis.'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: George Eliot (pseud)      Print: Book


Thomas a Kempis : The Imitation of Jesus Christ

'I spent the evening reading with Mama "the Imitation of Jesus Christ" until supper'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Elizabeth (Betsey) Wynne      Print: Unknown


Thomas a Kempis : Imitation of Christ

'[from the Johnsoniana imparted by Bennet Langton to Boswell in 1780] In the latter part of his life, in order to satisfy himself whether his mental faculties were impaired, he resolved that he would try to learn a new language, and fixed upon the Low Dutch, for that purpose, and this he continued till he had read about one half of "Thomas a Kempis"; and finding that there appeared no abatement of his power of acquisition, he then desisted, as thinking the experiment had been duly tried'.

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Samuel Johnson      Print: Book


Thomas a Kempis : Imitation of Christ

'Johnson was very quiescent to-day [17th May 1784] . Perhaps too I was indolent. I find nothing more of him in my notes, but that when I mentioned that I had seen in the King's library sixty-three editions of my favourite "Thomas a Kempis", amongst which it was in eight languages, Latin, German, French, Italian, Spanish, English, Arabick, and Armenian, he said, he thought it unnecessary to collect many editions of a book, which were all the same, except as to the paper and print; he would have the original, and all the translations, and all the editions which had any variations in the text'.

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: James Boswell      Print: Book


Thomas a Kempis : The Imitation of Christ

'Wilde loved to curl up with a book in bed. In one letter he mischievously described himself as "lying in bed... with Swinburne (a copy of)"; in another, he mentioned "The Imitation of Christ, the pious manual for Christian living penned by the fifteenth-century German monk Thomas a Kempis. Wilde read the book before going to sleep...'

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


Thomas a Kempis : Imitatio Christi

'When a boy [William Gifford] had read the Bible left to him by his mother, together with her "Imitatio Christi," and a few odd numbers of magazines.'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: William Gifford      Print: Book


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