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Record 11247

Reading Experience:

'Accordingly, it was announced that the reading of Shakespeare would be one of our lessons, and on the following afternoon we began "The Merchant of Venice". There was one large volume, and it was handed about the class; I was permitted to read the part of Bassanio, and I set forth, with ecstatic pipe ... I was in the seventh heaven of delight, but alas! We had only reached the second act of the play, when the readings mysteriously stopped. I never knew the cause, but I suspect it was at my Father's desire. He prided himself on never having read a page of Shakespeare...'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Sep 1860 and 30 Nov 1860
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: county: Devon
other location: school room in local day-school, 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)
schoolmaster, and the other 20 or so boys
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: William Shakespeare
Title: Merchant of Venice
Genre: Drama
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 11247  
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: 148
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Edmund Gosse, Father and Son: a study of two temperments (Keele: Ryburn Publishing, 1994), p. 148,, accessed: 04 December 2023

Additional comments:



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