6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
One of the greatest autobiographies ever written,
This review is from: Father and Son (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
Edmund Gosse's Father and Son is a haunting and strangely lyrical account of an unhappy childhood that is redeemed by moments of dramatic encounter with the world of nature and the world of books. The description of the newly-widowed Gosse senior's grief-stricken immersion into the secret realms of rock-pools is one of the highlights of all English literature. Michael Newton's sympathetic introduction offers valuable insights into the book's historic and literary contexts, as well as into the emotional density that is achieved by Gosse's prose. The cover, too - featuring William Dyce's Pegwell Bay - is an inspired choice for what remains one of the must-reads of early 20th-century writing.