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George Grote : unknown

'Reading; First book of Lucretius, 6th book of the Iliad; Samson Agonistes, Warton's History of English Poetry; Grote 2nd vol; Marcus Aurelius; Vita Nuova; vol IV, Chapter 1 of the Politique positive; Guest on English Rhythms, Maurice's Lectures on Casuistry'.

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: George Eliot [pseud.]      Print: Book

  

George Grote : [probably] History of Greece

'Read the articles Phoenicia and Carthage in Ancient Geography. Looked into Smith's "Universal History" again for Carthaginian religion. Looked into Sismondi's "Litterature du Midi", for Roman de Rose, and ran through the first chapter, about the formation of the Romance Languages. Read about the Thallogens and Acrogens in "the Vegetable World". Drayton's Nymphidia - a charming poem. A few pages of his Polyolbion. Re-read Grote v-vii on Sicilian affairs down to rise of Dionysius'.

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: George Eliot [pseud]      Print: Book

  

George Grote : [on Sicilian History]

'Reading Quintus Fixlein aloud to G. in the evening. Grote on Sicilian history'.

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: George Eliot [pseud]      Print: Book

  

George Grote : [probably] History of Greece

'Grote on the Sophists - then History of Philosophy to compare'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: George Eliot [pseud]      Print: Book

  

George Grote : History of Greece

'Read Grote on the Sophists'.

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: George Eliot [pseud]      Print: Book

  

George Grote : Plato, and the other Companions of Socrates

'So it was you that sent me "Miss Berry"! That was a real good deed. I don't find that anybody enjoys it half so much as I do; but nobody I see had any clear idea of that trio, or cares about their times as I do. I have not finished it even yet, I am glad to say. I read it as you do; and moreover, a big book has come in which must be read at once, - Mr Grote's "Plato". That too is an immense enjoyment in its way. At first, it was pure delight; but as I go on I am rather dismayed at the amount of repetition in it...'.

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Harriet Martineau      Print: Book

  

Mary Grote : A Lady's Walks in the South of France in 1863

'I wonder whether you have read that first book of Miss Eyre's ("Mary Eyre" of the Times) "A Lady's Walks in the South of France". What a disgusting book it is, - a begging book, avowedly written to get money, and disclosing the family poverty, and bemoaning herself all the way through, and preaching and censuring, right and left, and with such adulation of Brougham, as the patron!'.

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Harriet Martineau      Print: Book

  

Harriet Grote : Collected Papers in Prose and Verse. 1842-1862

'I am reading Mr Procter's "Ch.Lamb", - so full of affecting signs of his own failure, and so interesting in all ways. I could not help enjoying Ld Cornwallis, though half-ashamed to own it. Mrs Grote sends me her vol: of "Collected Papers", and some unpublished records of our time, - very interesting. They and I seemed to have rushed into a more vigorous intercourse than ever, as by a sort of accident'.

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Harriet Martineau      Print: Book

  

George Grote : History of Greece

'I took Lubbock's List as a guide in my book hunting and persevered until I had acquired and read every single book in Lubbock's "hundred". It took time, of course: it was only after many years that I could happen upon and acquire, secondhand, Grote's "History of Greece". But as I found them, so, doggedly, I set myself to read them, and to puzzle out, as well as I could, why they had acquired the repute in which they stood. It was, at times, hard going; I got little pleasure or profit from Keble's "Christian Year", and, though his gorgeous word tapestry impressed me greatly, little of either from Jeremy Taylor's "Holy Living" and "Holy Dying".'

Century: 1850-1899 / 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Thomas A. Jackson      Print: Book

  

Grote : History of Greece

John Gibson Lockhart to John Wilson Croker, 12 January 1849, on Macaulay's recently-published History of England: 'He has written some very brilliant essays [...] but he has written [italics]no history[end italics] [...] his bitter hatred of the Church of England all through is evident; it is, I think, the only very strong feeling in the book [...] 'Then his treatment of the Whig criminals Sidney and Russell, is very shabby [...] 'You will tell me by-and-bye what you think of this. I own that I read the book with breathless interest, in spite of occasional indignations, but I am now reading Grote's new volume of his "History of Greece," and, upon my word, I find the contrast of his calm, stately, tranquil narrative very soothing. In short, I doubt if Macaulay's book will go down as a standard addition to our [italics]historical[end italics] library, though it must always keep a high place among the specimens of English rhetoric.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: John Gibson Lockhart      Print: Book

  

George Grote : A History of Greece (vols 1 and 2)

G. C. Lewis to George Grote, 5 April 1846: 'I cannot resist writing to express to you the satisfaction, as well as instruction, which I have gained from reading the two published volumes of your "History." You have succeeded completely in placing the whole question of the mythology and legendary narrations of the Greeks upon what I believe to be their true footing [comments further on text].'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: G. C. Lewis      Print: Book

  

George Grote : A History of Greece (vols 1 and 2)

Henry Hallam to George Grote, 7 December 1846: 'I have a good apology for writing to you so late about your "History" -- namely, that the avocations of London at the one time, and a tour on the Continent afterwards, gave me no leisure till lately to do more than look cursorily at one volume. I have now had the pleasure of going through it, and cannot refuse myself that also of telling you how greatly I admire your work, and of congratulating you on the very high place it entitles you to take among living historians [comments further].'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Henry Hallam      Print: Book

  

George Grote : A History of Greece (vols 1 and 2)

Henry Hallam to George Grote, 7 December 1846: 'I have a good apology for writing to you so late about your "History" -- namely, that the avocations of London at the one time, and a tour on the Continent afterwards, gave me no leisure till lately to do more than look cursorily at one volume. I have now had the pleasure of going through it, and cannot refuse myself that also of telling you how greatly I admire your work, and of congratulating you on the very high place it entitles you to take among living historians [comments further].'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Henry Hallam      Print: Book

  

George Grote : A History of Greece (vols 1 and 2)

The Bishop of St David's to George Grote, 21 June 1847: 'My expectations, though they had been raised very high, were more than fulfilled by your first two volumes; and in its progress the work appears to me to have been continually rising, not perhaps in merit, but in value.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Bishop of St David's      Print: Book

  

George Grote : A History of Greece (vols 3 and 4)

The Bishop of St David's to George Grote, 21 June 1847: 'My expectations, though they had been raised very high, were more than fulfilled by your first two volumes; and in its progress the work appears to me to have been continually rising, not perhaps in merit, but in value.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Bishop of St David's      Print: Book

  

George Grote : Letters from Switzerland

G. C. Lewis to George Grote, 5 November 1847: 'I received yesterday the volume on "Swiss Politics" which you were so good as to send me. I have since read it with great interest, and feel much indebted to you, both for having written the book, and having sent me a copy of it. The narrative is lucid and flowing, and the view taken of the whole series of events appears to me perfectly just and discriminating. It carries one back to the seventeenth century and seems to place one in the midst of the Thirty Years' War.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: G. C. Lewis      Print: Book

  

George Grote : A History of Greece

Sarah Austin to Harriet Grote, wife to George Grote, 29 August 1847: 'His [Austin's husband John] great comfort, during his tedious illness, has been Mr. Grote's History, which Alexander Gordon brought over to him. To me it has been a heartfelt pleasure to hear him ejaculating at intervals, "What a conscientious book!" "It is delightful!" "There is all Grote's honesty!" and so on.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: John Austin      Print: Book

  

George Grote : A History of Greece (vols 5 and 6)

John Stuart Mill to George Grote, January 1849: 'I have just finished reading the two volumes with the greatest pleasure and admiration. 'The fifth volume seems to be all that we had a right to expect, and the sixth is splendid! [...] Every great result which you have attempted to deduce seems to me most thoroughly made out.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: John Stuart Mill      Print: Book

  

George Grote : A History of Greece (vols 1-5)

'Sir William Gomm served for some time in India, and indeed had been commander of the forces there. Being at Simla, he occupied himself with the study of Grote's "History of Greece," having got hold of the first five volumes. He was so absorbed in the book, that he made copious notes upon portions of it; which I have since had the privilege of reading, and Mr. Grote also looked through them. The observations and comments indicate an attentive following of the author's text, especially in connection with the military incidents, on which Sir W.'s remarks are pertinent and even instructive.'

Century: 1800-1849 / 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Sir William Gomm      Print: Book

  

George Grote : ?History of Greece

'We saw dimly some of the lovely African coast. Lots of porpoises lying on the surface of the water, lazily turning up a fin. Hugo and I sat all morning in the sun reading. The temperature was 70 in our sheltered corner. My cold is rather a nuisance. We saw the Illustrious this morning, sister ship to the Caesar. Finished Freeman and began Grote. Rather a long boring afternoon. Bridge after dinner and gladly to bed.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Gertrude Bell      Print: Book

  

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