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Record 11246

Reading Experience:

'climbing to the top of a bookcase, [he] brought down a thick volume and presented it to me. "You'll find all about the Antilles there", he said, and left me with "Tom Cringle's Log" in my possession. [explains mother's attitude to fiction and why he'd never read any till now] So little did I understand what was allowable in the way of literary invention that I had began the story without a doubt that it was true, and I think it was my Father himself who, in answer to an inquiry, explained to me that it was "all made up". He advised me to read the descriptions of the sea, and of the mountains of Jamaica, and "skip" the pages which gave imaginary adventures and conversations. But I did not take his counsel; these latter were the flower of the book to me.' [more account on pp.143-4]
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1860 and 31 Dec 1861
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: county: Devon
location in dwelling: 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: Michael Scott
Title: Tom Cringle's Log
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 11246  
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: 143-144
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Edmund Gosse, Father and Son: a study of two temperments (Keele: Ryburn Publishing, 1994), p. 143-144,, accessed: 25 May 2024

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