Thomas Roscoe

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Thomas Roscoe (Liverpool 23 June 1791 24 September 1871 London) was an English author and translator.



Tourist in Italy, 1831 Roscoe Tourist in Italy.jpg
Tourist in Italy, 1831

The fifth son of William Roscoe, he was born in Toxteth Park, Liverpool in 1791, and educated by Dr. W. Shepherd and by Mr. Lloyd, a private tutor. [1]

Soon after his father's financial troubles in 1816, which led to bankruptcy, Roscoe began to write in local magazines and journals, and he continued to follow literature as a profession. He died at age 80, on 24 September 1871, at Acacia Road, St. John's Wood, London. [1]


Roscoe's major original works were: [1]

Roscoe's translations were: [1]

Roscoe edited The Juvenile Keepsake, 1828–30; The Novelists' Library, with Biographical and Critical Notices, 1831–3, 17 vols.; the works of Henry Fielding, Tobias Smollett, and Jonathan Swift (1840–9, 3 vols.), and new issues of his father's Lorenzo de' Medici and Leo the Tenth. [1]


Roscoe married, or cohabited with, Elizabeth Edwards, and had seven children, including Jane Elizabeth St John, writer and wife of Horace Stebbing Roscoe St John. [1] [3]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Lee, Sidney, ed. (1897). "Roscoe, Thomas"  . Dictionary of National Biography . Vol. 49. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  2. Frederick Burwick; Nancy Moore Goslee; Diane Long Hoeveler (30 January 2012). The Encyclopedia of Romantic Literature. John Wiley & Sons. p. 654. ISBN   978-1-4051-8810-4 . Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  3. Truman, R. W. "Roscoe, Thomas". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/24083.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)

Wikisource-logo.svg This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain :  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1897). "Roscoe, Thomas". Dictionary of National Biography . Vol. 49. London: Smith, Elder & Co.

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