Father and Son - a study of two temperaments

By: Gosse, Edmund

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Frontispiece, octavo, pp (6), 374, top edge gilt, other edges uncut, the hinge at the title page cracked but sound, slightly used internally, green cloth slightly worn and marked, the spine a little age-toned. With the armorial; bookplate of Dorothy Philippa Whitehead on the front endpaper. [After his father's death, Edmund Gosse published a typical Victorian biography, The Life of Philip Henry Gosse (1890). After reading it, the writer George Moore suggested to Edmund that it contained "the germ of a great book." Edmund Gosse revised his material and first published his notable memoir anonymously as Father and Son in 1907. Apparently it has never gone out of print in more than a hundred years. The reaction of readers to Henry's personality and character, as represented in Father and Son, has included phrases such as "scientific crackpot," "bible-soaked romantic," "a stern and repressive father," and a "pulpit-thumping Puritan throwback to the seventeenth century." A modern editor of Father and Son has rejected this portrait of Philip Henry Gosse, on the grounds that his own "writings reveal a genuinely sweet character." Ann Thwaite, the biographer of both Gosses, has established just how inaccurate Edmund's recollections of his childhood were. Henry James remarked that Edmund Gosse had "a genius for inaccuracy." Although Edmund went out of his way to declare that the story of Father and Son was "scrupulously true," Thwaite cites a dozen occasions on which either Edmund's "memory betray[ed] him - he admitted it was 'like a colander'" - or he "changed things deliberately to make a better story." Thwaite argues that Edmund could only preserve his self-respect, in comparison to his father's superior abilities, by demolishing the latter's character.]

Title: Father and Son - a study of two temperaments

Author Name: Gosse, Edmund

Categories: History of Science, Biography,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: London, William Heinemann: 1907

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition: Good

Seller ID: 016455