- Father and Son: A Study of Two Temperaments (Modern Classics Series)
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Unfreedom of The Press by Mark R. Levin , Hardcover And certainly food for reflection for any parent hoping to engage their child in spiritual awareness. In this case things didn't turn out at all as the father thought. Edmund Gosse's father was a self-taught marine biologist and his mother, a poet and illustrator, but the center of their lives was their fundamentalist faith.
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They were Plymouth Brethren and were devoted to this fundamentalist Christian sect. Edmund was their only child and this is how he describes their life together: "For over three years after their marriage, neither of my parents left London for a single day, not being able to afford to travel. They received scarcely any visitors, never ate a meal away from home, never spent an evening in social intercourse abroad. At night they discussed theology, read aloud to one another, or translated scientific brochures from French or German.
It sounds a terrible life of pressure and deprivation, and that it was physically unwholesome there can be no shadow of a doubt. But their commitment was complete and unfeigned. Fiction was made up. It was a lie and therefore a sin. This is particularly interesting as his mother enjoyed making up stories as a child and was able to hold an audience rapt as she told them. The family had little to do with people outside their religious sect and only decided to subscribe to a newspaper once England became engage in the Crimean War.
Gosse's mother died when he was 8 of breast cancer and his father remarried a woman with whom young Edmund got along very well. But a rift with his father continues to grow.
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When Edmund brings home a volume of poetry, his father burns it. Gosse's father who found great comfort and satisfaction in his scientific work is dealt a blow when Darwin publishes "The Origin of the Species" because he cannot reconcile his literal interpretation of the Bible with Darwin's theory. He published Omphalos, a book that argued that the world was created with all it's species all at once. It was dismissed by almost everyone as a preposterous idea.
First published anonymously in , 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. Penguin Classics.
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