Thomas Roscoe

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

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Tourist in Italy, 1831

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

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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]

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Roscoe's translations were: [1]

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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]

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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 Wikisource-logo.svg  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1897). "Roscoe, Thomas". Dictionary of National Biography . 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 . 49. London: Smith, Elder & Co.

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