Chatterton; A Biography by David MassonChatterton; A Biography by David Masson

Chatterton; A Biography

byDavid Masson

Paperback | February 2, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II THE ATTORNEY'S APPRENTICE OF BRISTOL IT was in the month of August 1760 that a poor widow, who supported herself and two children by dressmaking, and by keeping a small day-school in one of the back streets of Bristol, gained admission for her younger child, a boy of seven years and nine months old, into Colston's School, a charitable foundation similar in some respects to Christ's Hospital in London. The husband of this widow, a rough, drunken fellow, who had been a singer or sub-chanter in the cathedral choir of Bristol, as well as the master of a kind of free school for boys, had died a month or two before his son's birth. An old grandmother, however--either the widow's own mother or her husband's--was still alive, dependent, in some degree, on the family. For nearly seven years, or from August 1760 to July 1767, the boy remained an inmate of Colston's School, wearing, as the Christ's Hospital boys in London did, a blue coat and yellow stockings, and receiving, according to the custom of the institution, such a plain education as might fit him for an ordinary mercantile or mechanical occupation. But from the very first the boy was singular. For one thing, he was a prodigious reader. The Bible, theological treatises, scraps of history, old magazines, poetry, whatever in the shape of a printed volume came in his way--all were eagerly pounced upon and devoured; and it was not long before his reputation in this respect enabled him to lay one or two circulating libraries under friendly contribution. Then, again, his temper, people remarked, had something in it quite unusual in one so young. Generally very sullen and silent, he was liable to sudden and unaccountable fits of weeping, as well as to violent fits of rage. He was also extremely secreti...
Title:Chatterton; A BiographyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217458319

ISBN - 13:9780217458313