Father and Son, a memoir first published anonymously in 1907, was Gosse's second book and is arecord of his struggle to 'fashion his inner life for himself.' The book describes Edmund's early years in an exceptionally devout Plymouth Brethren home. His mother, who died early and painfully of breast cancer, was a writer of Christian tracts. His father was an influential, though largely self-taught, invertebrate zoologist and student of marine biology who, after his wife's death, took Edmund to live in Devon. The book focuses on the relationship between a sternly religious father who rejects the new evolutionary theories of his scientific colleague Charles Darwin and the son's gradual coming of age and rejection of his father's fundamentalist religion. It 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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First published anonymously in 1907, this is a sensitive boy's record of his stifling youth. Gosse's brief, poignant, uncomfortable account of his childhood, as one of a peculiarly strict sect of Plymouth Brethren records indelibly the relationship between the father - unworldly Philip Gosse, who managed to reconcile the profession of marine zoologist with an exact belief in the Scriptures - and his son, left motherless at seven, who first accepted and then began to question all the dogmas and prohibitions. It is plotted with devastating comedy and succeeded in doing for autobiography what Eminent Victorians did for biography. (Kirkus UK)
Series: Penguin Modern Classics
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 27th July 1989
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 12.9
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 1