Portraits From Life

GOSSE, Edmund. Edited with an introduction by Ann Thwaite.
London: Scolar Press, (1991).
First edition.
Octavo, original red cloth, spine lettered in silver, pictorial dust jacket. Fine.

Gosse "was an insidious biographer .. and during his life he composed many portraits of well-known people he had known personally .. (Robert Louis) Stevenson once said to Gosse: 'See as many people as you can and make a book of them before you die. That will be a living book, upon my word.' Gosse never made that book, but this collection, compiled with full introduction and notes by Ann Thwaite, collects .. a dozen of these portraits until now scattered in Gosse's biographies and in collections of his essays" (dust jacket blurb). Includes vivid life-studies of Stevenson, Christina Rosetti, Browning, Tennyson, Swinburne, Hardy, Walt Whitman, Henry James and others. [Not in Beinecke].

Price: $40.00
SKU: 17771
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