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Record 21333

Reading Experience:

'Gissing read as widely as ever, with the same unbridled curiosity as during his youth but now with an intelligence tempered by experience. Of course he continued to read the Latin, Greek, English and French classics, but of the particular titles he noted in his diary during the second part of 1889 there are a number that indicate fairly and squarely the direction in which his thoughts were carrying him. Besides books like J.P. Jacobsen's "Niels Lyhne" and Frederick [sic]Bremer's "Hertha", he also read Taine's "English Literature", Bourget's "Etudes et Portraits" as well as the "Essais Psychologiques", A.H. Buck's "Treatise on Hygiene", W. B. Carpenter's "Principles of Mental Physiology" and the books he just mentions as Ribot's "Hereditie".'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jul 1889 and 31 Dec 1889
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: probably London
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:George Gissing
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 22 Nov 1857
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: author
Religion: none
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: William B. Carpenter
Title: Principles of Mental Physiology, With Their Applications to the Training and Discipline of the Mind
Genre: Science, Medicine
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 21333  
Source - Print  
  Author: Michael Collie
  Editor: n/a
  Title: George Gissing. A Biography
  Place of Publication: Folkestone
  Date of Publication: 1977
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 105
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Michael Collie, George Gissing. A Biography (Folkestone, 1977), p. 105,, accessed: 21 February 2024

Additional comments:



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