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Philip Gosse


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Edmund Gosse : Life of Philip Henry Gosse F.R.S.

H. J. Jackson notes "extra illustration" by Philip Gosse of his grandfather, Edmund Gosse's Life of Philip Henry Gosse F.R.S. (1890) with letters, drawings, photographs etc.

Century: 1850-1899 / 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Philip Gosse      


[n/a] : The Times

'Suddenly, he gave a sort of cry, and read out the opening sentences from the "Times" announcing a battle in the valley of the Alma...both he and my mother seemed deeply excited. He broke off his reading when the fact of the decisive victory was assured, and he and my mother sank simultaneously on their knees...'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Philip Gosse      Print: Newspaper


[n/a] : Bible

'This summer, as my eighth year advanced, we read the "Epistle to the Hebrews", with very great deliberation, stopping every moment, that my Father might expound it, verse by verse.' [ an dmore for a para]

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


[n/a] : Bible

'In our lighter moods, we turned to the "Book of Revelation", and chased the phantom of Popery through its fuliginous pages.'

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


Virgil : [unknown]

'In the old solitary years, a long time ago, by the shores of Canadian rapids, on the edge of West Indian swamps, his Virgil had been an inestimable solace to him...The book was a Delphin edition of 1798, which had followed him in all his wanderings; ther was a great scratch on the sheep-skin cover that a thorn had made in a forest of Alabama.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Philip Gosse      Print: Book


Virgil : Eclogues

'One evening my father took down his Virgil from an upper shelf...And then, in the twilight, as he shut the volume at last, oblivious of my presence, he began to murmur and to chant the adorable verses by memory...I stopped my play, and listened as if to a nightingale ... My prosodical instinct was awakened, quite suddenly that dim evening, as my father and I sat alone in the breakfast-room after tea, serenely accepting the hour, for once, with no idea of exhortation or profit ... I persuaded my Father, who was a little astonished at my insistance, to repeat the lines over and over again. At last my brain caught them."

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Philip Gosse      Print: Book


Walter Scott : The Lady of the Lake

'Prominent among these was a set of the poems of Walter Scott, and in his unwonted geniality and provisional spirit of compromise, my Father must do no less than read these works aloud to my stepmother in the quiet spring evenings. This was a sort of aftermath of courtship, a tribute of song, to his bride, very sentimental and pretty. She would sit, sedately, at her work-box, while he, facing her, poured forth the verses at her like a blackbird ... My Father read the verse admirably, with full, - some people ( but not I) might say with a too full - perception of the metre as well as of rhythm, rolling out the rhymes, and glorying in the proper names. He began, and it was a happy choice, with "The Lady of the Lake"...'

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


Thomas Day : The History of Sandford and Merton

'In this caprice, if I may call it so, I think that my Father had before him the fine republican example of "Sandford and Merton", some parts of which book he admired extremely.'

Century: 1800-1849 / 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Philip Gosse      Print: Book


Rev. George Croly : Salathiel

'As a young man in America, he had been deeply impressed by "Salathiel", a pious prose romance of that then popular writer, the Rev. George Croly."

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Philip Gosse      Print: Book


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