Author Louis Coulson will be launching his new book ‘To Edify and Delight: Introducing the Sermons of Gilbert White of Selborne’ on Mulled Wine Day at 12noon in Bell’s Library.
The book offers a complete conspectus of all White’s extant sermons, which has never previously been attempted. The result, which includes a commentary and quotations from the sermons, offers an entirely new and challenging view of White, which will be of absorbing interest to all devotees of the Selborne naturalist. The preface to the volume has been prepared by Professor Paul Foster, and the book will be published by the University of Chichester – with grant assistance from White’s own college, Oriel College, Oxford.
Louis Coulson read English at King’s College, London, where he became interested in 18th-century literature. He was in the Church of England ministry for 33 years, in London, Cornwall and Devon, but has been a fan of Gilbert White for much longer – at least 65 years. His familiarity with Selborne and with White’s work has sustained him in his retirement – and this work is the outcome.