Cambridge in the 1830s

Cambridge in the 1830s : The Letters of Alexander Chisholm Gooden, 1831-1841

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The writer and recipient of these engaging letters, Alexander Chisholm Gooden (born 1817), went up to Trinity College, Cambridge in 1836, having previously been educated at the University of London. A glittering academic career beckoned; he was top of the Classical Tripos in 1840, and in the following year went to Germany to read for a Trinity fellowship, but died tragically early from peritonitis after rowing on the Rhine. The 169 letters between Gooden and his family and friends collected in this volume constitute a rich and hitherto unknown source for student life in Cambridge in the 1830s. They cover a wide range of topics: friendships, local politics, accommodation, clothing and bills, the personalities and vagaries of dons, and Gooden's health. They also give a detailed picture of his career as a student of classics and mathematics, and, after his examination success in 1840, as a private tutor to undergraduates. The differences between Cambridge and London styles of scholarship caused difficulties for Gooden; they offer the reader an unusual and interesting light on his struggle to succeed at Trinity. Jonathan Smith is Archivist at Trinity College Library, Cambridge; Christopher Stray is Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Classics, University of Wales, Swansea.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 161.5 x 241.8 x 22.1mm | 666.79g
  • Boydell & Brewer Ltd
  • The Boydell Press
  • Woodbridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • 1 black and white,
  • 1843830108
  • 9781843830108

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(An) affecting slice of Cambridge life. CAMBRIDGE SOCIETY MAGAZINE

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About Alexander Chisholm Gooden

Christopher Stray is Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Classics, University of Wales, Swansea.

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