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

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

Hardback History of the University of Cambridge

By (author) Alexander Chisholm Gooden, Edited by Jonathan Smith, Edited by Christopher Stray

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  • Publisher: The Boydell Press
  • Format: Hardback | 234 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 242mm x 22mm | 667g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Woodbridge
  • ISBN 10: 1843830108
  • ISBN 13: 9781843830108
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 1 black and white,

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

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