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Edmund Gosse (1849–1928)

Autor(a) de Father and Son: A Study of Two Temperaments

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Obras de Edmund Gosse

Gossip in a Library (1891) 22 cópias
Gray (2011) 15 cópias
Henrik Ibsen (1912) 11 cópias
Jeremy Taylor (2015) 10 cópias
The Allies' Fairy Book (1916) 9 cópias
More Books on the Table (1923) 8 cópias
The Jacobean Poets (1894) 7 cópias
Aspects and impressions (1922) 7 cópias
French Profiles (1913) 7 cópias
Critical Kit-Kats (1971) 7 cópias
Northern Studies (1890) 7 cópias
Leaves and Fruit (1927) 6 cópias
Life of William Congreve (1888) 6 cópias
Sir Thomas Browne (1905) 6 cópias
Raleigh (2012) 6 cópias
Two Visits to Denmark (2014) 5 cópias
Portraits and sketches (1912) 5 cópias
Books on the table (1971) 5 cópias
Sir Henry Doulton (1970) 4 cópias
Questions at Issue (1977) 3 cópias
New poems 3 cópias
Robert Browning; personalia (1973) 2 cópias
Coventry Patmore (1985) 2 cópias
Memoir of Thomas Lodge 1 exemplar(es)
Transatlantic dialogue 1 exemplar(es)
The Works: Edmund Gosse (2008) 1 exemplar(es)
A Study of Shakespeare 1 exemplar(es)
Otac i sin : studija dviju ćudi (2023) 1 exemplar(es)
English odes (1972) 1 exemplar(es)
An imaginary portrait (2012) 1 exemplar(es)
A Century of French Romance (1902) 1 exemplar(es)
Fallen Idol 1 exemplar(es)
Camille 1 exemplar(es)
Sir Walter Raleigh (2004) 1 exemplar(es)
The Letters of Algernon Charles Swinburne. Volume 2. (1919) — Editor — 1 exemplar(es)
Sir Edmund Gosse 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The Black Tulip (1850) — Editor, algumas edições2,010 cópias
Hedda Gabler (1890) — Tradutor, algumas edições1,576 cópias
The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000) — Contribuinte — 1,266 cópias
The Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun (1669) — Posfácio, algumas edições281 cópias
The Literary Cat (1977) — Contribuinte — 241 cópias
Restoration Plays (1939) — Introdução, algumas edições214 cópias
The Unfortunate Traveller; or, The Life of Jack Wilton (1593) — Editor, algumas edições104 cópias
Selections from A. C. Swinburne (1884) — Editor — 57 cópias
A History of Newfoundland (1895) — Prefácio — 37 cópias
Undine and Other Tales (1890) — Editor, algumas edições25 cópias
Masters of British Literature, Volume B (2007) — Contribuinte — 17 cópias
James Shirley (1888)algumas edições15 cópias
The Religion of Beauty: Selections from the Aesthetes (1950) — Contribuinte — 11 cópias
All Day Long: An Anthology of Poetry for Children (1954) — Contribuinte — 10 cópias
Round the Yule Log: Norwegian Folk and Fairy Tales (1881) — Introdução — 8 cópias
The poetical works of Thomas Lovell Beddoes (2012) — Editor, algumas edições6 cópias
The Blinded Soldiers and Sailors Gift Book (1915) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
The letters of Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1973) — Editor, algumas edições3 cópias
A Reader for Writers — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
The Poetical Works of John Milton — Introdução, algumas edições2 cópias


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Beautifully written, and a wonderful document about the late nineteenth century clash between 'religion' and 'science.' Also, Gosse goes out of his way to present his father as a decent human being, not something that can be said about the other books in this tradition.
stillatim | outras 10 resenhas | Oct 23, 2020 |
Edmund Gosse was born in London in 1849. His parents, Philip Henry Gosse and Emily Bowes, were evangelical Christians, members of the strict Plymouth Brethren sect, and from the outset their religious faith overpowered any other considerations in the upbringing of their only son. Even in the much more religious atmosphere of Victorian Britain, the Gosse family was extreme in its views, and their religion permeated their every activity, and those of their son. Associations with people outside their strict sect were discouraged, and the young Edmund grew up with virtually no companions outside his immediate family.

Much of the pleasure from reading this book comes from the reactions of the infant Edmund to the situation in which he found himself, which although clearly a loving home, was an unusual and sometimes harsh environment for a young child:

My parents said: 'Whatever you need, tell Him and He will grant it, if it is His will. 'Very well; I had need of a large painted humming-top which I had seen in a shop window in the Caledonian Road. Accordingly, I introduced a supplication for this object into my evening prayer, carefully adding the words: 'If it is Thy will'. This, I recollect, placed my Mother in a dilemma, and she consulted my Father. Taken, I suppose, at a disadvantage, my Father told me I must not pray for 'things like that'. To which I answered by another query, 'Why?' And I added that he said we ought to pray for things we'd needed, and that I needed the humming-top a great deal more than I did the conversion of the heathen or the restitution of Jerusalem to the Jews, two objects of my nightly supplication which left me very cold.

But equally interesting is the author's attempt to understand the mind of his father, his mother dying when he was quite young. Philip Henry Gosse was a well known naturalist who had published many books on natural history. He knew and corresponded with many of the scientists of the day, such as Darwin, Hooker and Lyell. But he was unable to reconcile Darwin's theory of evolution with his own religious faith, suffering a further blow when his book Omphalos, offered to suggest an explanation for the apparent age of the earth and the appearance of fossils, was soundly rejected:

'Never was a book cast upon the waters with greater anticipation of success than was this curious, this obstinate, this fanatical volume ... He offered it with a glowing gesture to atheists and Christians alike. This was to be a universal panacea; this the system of intellectual therapeutics which could not but heal all the maladies of the age. But alas, atheists and Christians alike looked at it and laughed, and threw it away'

This memoir was written in 1907 by which time Edmund Gosse had completely rejected his father's beliefs. From an upbringing in which all fiction was completely forbidden, he had become a poet, a lecturer in English Literature at Cambridge, a celebrated art critic and the person most responsible for introducing Ibsen's work to England.

Overall, this is an interesting book looking at the consequences of two very different 'temperaments' between father and son, as well as the upheavals in belief caused by the theory of evolution in the middle of the nineteenth century.
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SandDune | outras 10 resenhas | Jan 25, 2020 |
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 not say that God put the fossils there to test our faith, but whom everyone thought said that. Father and Son is a great read, but it had less to say about science and seeing scientifically than I had expected. If anything makes Philip Gosse a terrible dad (and he sure is, at least as Edmund tells it) it was his religious piety, which Edmund said left only "what is harsh and void and negative" (248). Philip was a self-denying emotionless man, but because he thought that was spiritually correct, not because of scientific training. A far cry from the mix of Christianity and science employed by Philip's friend Charles Kingsley.… (mais)
Stevil2001 | outras 10 resenhas | Dec 9, 2017 |



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