Father and Son

A Study of Two Temperaments

Edmund Gosse - Author

Peter Abbs - Editor

Peter Abbs - Introduction by

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ISBN 9780140182767 | 272 pages | 26 Oct 1989 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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At birth Edmund Gosse was dedicated to 'the Service of the Lord'. His parents were Plymouth Brethren. After his mother's death Gosse was brought up in stifling isolation by his father, a marine biologist whose faith overcame his reason when confronted by Darwin's theory of evolution. Father and Son is also the record of Gosse's struggle to 'fashion his inner life for himself' - a record of whose full and subversive implications the author was unaware, as Peter Abbs notes in his Introduction. First published anonymously in 1907, Father and Son was immediately acclaimed for its courage in flouting the conventions of Victorian autobiography and is still a moving account of self-discovery.

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‘English literature cannot afford to let such a book die. Independently of its records of a rapidly vanishing faith it is told with evident truth as unflinching as it is tender’ – Howard Furness

‘One of the immortal pages in English literature’ – George Bernard Shaw