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Gosse, Philip Henry

Works: 4 works in 12 publications in 1 language and 63 library holdings
Genres: Diaries 
Roles: Author
Classifications: QH105.A2, 590
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Most widely held works about Philip Henry Gosse
Most widely held works by Philip Henry Gosse
Letters from Alabama : (U.S.) chiefly relating to natural history by Philip Henry Gosse( Book )

8 editions published between 1859 and 2013 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The English naturalist Philip Henry Gosse (1810-88) spent nine months in 1838-9 in a small town in Alabama where he was the teacher at the local school. His time there was unhappy because of the widespread abuse of slaves he witnessed, the support of the practice by his fellow Methodists being particularly distressing. However, he loved the beauty of his surroundings, and the abundant wildlife, and in 1859 he published this account in the form of nineteen letters. Gosse recounts in detail his voyage from Philadelphia to Mobile, Alabama, and the environment around his new home in the hills, with vivid descriptions of the plants, animals and insects he observed there. He rarely mentions slavery specifically, but the arrogance of the masters and the plight of their 'possessions' is a recurring theme in the work. Other books on natural history by Gosse are also reissued in this series
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English (12)