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Record 11248

Reading Experience:

'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
Date: Between 1 Mar 1861 and 31 May 1861
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: county: Devon
location in dwelling: family home, Devon
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
passive in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Philip Gosse
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1810
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: zoological writer
Religion: Plymouth Brethren
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
his second wife (newly wed), and his son Edmund, age 12
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Walter Scott
Title: The Lady of the Lake
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 11248  
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: 158-159
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Edmund Gosse, Father and Son: a study of two temperments (Keele: Ryburn Publishing, 1994), p. 158-159,, accessed: 08 February 2023

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