Sir Edmund Gosse: Review of Parini's The Epic of the Beau

Scope and Content

A review of H.M. Bower's translation of G. Parini's The epic of the beau by Sir Edmund Gosse, an article for the Sunday times of 15 April 1928, 11 folios. At the beginning is a letter from the donor, P. Gosse, to the University Librarian, 26 April 1929.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Edmund William Gosse (1849-1928), poet and man of letters, was the son of P.H. Gosse. He worked in the catalogue section of the British Museum, 1865-1875, before becoming translator at the commercial department of the Board of Trade in 1875. He was Clark lecturer in English literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, 1885-1890, and librarian of the House of Lords, 1904-1914. Gosse developed a reputation as a critic by writing reviews, which included weekly articles for the Sunday times on literary matters, 1918-1928. His published works include Seventeenth century studies (1883), Father and son (1907), and Collected poems (1911). He was knighted in 1928.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by P. Gosse, 1929.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Gosse in theConcise dictionary of national biography, Part II, 1901-1970 (Oxford University Press, 1982), p. 272.

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