Tuesday, 1 February 2011

'In Memoriam The Rev. Gideon Jasper Richard Ouseley' (1835-1906)

Published by Samuel Hopgood Hart (1865-1958) as part of a pamphlet in 1952.

Hart's text was partly based on a biography which was published in the influential 'Men of the Day' series which appeared in the Victorian periodical Vanity Fair (unrelated to the contemporary magazine). Later editions of the Gospel of the Holy Twelve reprinted Hart's essay in their introductions.

A short chapter of my book Familiar Strangers is devoted to the Victorian origins of Ouseley's allegedly "ancient" manuscript.

(Hart portrait from The Vegetarian News, December 1921)

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