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Record 3975

Reading Experience:

" It was in my fifteenth year that I became again, this time intelligently, aquainted with Shakespeare. I got hold of a single play, The Tempest, in a school edition, prepared, I suppose, for one of the university examinations which were then being instituted in the provinces... This book was my own hoarded possession; the rest of Shakespeare's works were beyond my hopes. But gradually I contrived to borrow a volume here and a volume there. I completed The Merchant of Venice, read Cymbeline, Julius Caesar, and Much Ado; most of the others, I think, remained closed to me for a long time. But these were enough to steep my horizon with all the colours of sunrise."
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1864 and 31 Dec 1865
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
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: William Shakespeare
Title: Much Ado about Nothing
Genre: Drama
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (other)


Source Information:

Record ID: 3975  
Source - Print  
  Author: Edmund Gosse
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Father and Son : a study of two temperments
  Place of Publication: Keele
  Date of Publication: 1994
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 185-6
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Edmund Gosse, Father and Son : a study of two temperments (Keele, 1994), p. 185-6,, accessed: 26 February 2024

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