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Record Number: 11243


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'...and we now started Latin, in a little eighteenth-century reading book, out of which my Grandfather had been taught. It consisted of strings of works, and of grim arrangements of conjunction and declension, presented in a manner appallingly unattractive. I used to be set down in the study, under my Father's eye, to learn a solid page of this compilation, while he wrote or painted...It was almost more than human nature could bear to have to sit holding up to my face the dreary little Latin book, with its sheep-skin cover that smelt of mildewed paste.'

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

Between 1 Jun 1859 and 31 Aug 1859

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

county: Devon
location in dwelling: study in family home in Devon

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

Edmund Gosse

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

1849

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

son of zoological writer

Religion:

Plymouth Brethren

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

[unknown]

Title:

[Latin Grammar]

Genre:

Textbook / self-education, Reference / General works

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

published during the 18th century

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

11243

Source:

Print

Author:

Edmund Gosse

Editor:

n/a

Title:

Father and Son: a study of two temperments

Place of Publication:

Keele: Ryburn Publishing

Date of Publication:

1994

Vol:

n/a

Page:

120

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Edmund Gosse, Father and Son: a study of two temperments (Keele: Ryburn Publishing, 1994), p. 120, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=11243, accessed: 30 June 2022


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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