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Record 11243

Reading Experience:

'...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, workmates)
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,, accessed: 22 February 2024

Additional comments:



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