Father and Son: A Study of Two Temperaments

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"This book is the record of a struggle between two temperaments, two consciences, and almost two epochs. It ended, as was inevitable, in disruption. Of the two beings here described, one was born to fly backward, the other could not help being carried forward..". Thus begins this remarkable chronicle of the division between generations. Gosse was born in 1849 into a deeply religious household; both parents were pious members of the Plymouth Brethren, a narrow sect. This book, Gosse's masterpiece, was anonymously published in 1907.

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Not a Victorian scientist novel... but a novel about a Victorian scientist. Well, a memoir told novelistically at any rate. You may know Edmund Gosse's father as Philip Henry Gosse, the man who did ... Read full review

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This memoir broke ground in the early 20th century by presenting generational conflict in an apparently frank, dispassionate, indeed "scientific" way. In its restrained way, it helped lead Gosse's ... Read full review


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