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Father and Son

Father and Son by Edmund Gosse
By: (1849-1928)

Father and Son by Edmund Gosse is a captivating memoir that delves into the complex relationship between a father and his son. Gosse provides a candid look at the struggles and friction that arises as he struggles to assert his own beliefs and individuality in the shadow of his devoutly religious father.

The book's narrative is both heartfelt and poignant, as Gosse recounts the emotional turmoil and inner conflicts he faces in trying to navigate between his father's strict religious beliefs and his own desire for intellectual freedom. Through his honest and introspective writing, Gosse allows readers to empathize with the challenges he faces in reconciling his upbringing with his personal growth and development.

Overall, Father and Son is a compelling read that offers a unique perspective on the dynamics of father-son relationships and the complexities of family dynamics. Gosse's powerful storytelling and introspective analysis make this memoir a thought-provoking and emotive read that will resonate with readers long after they have turned the final page.

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Father and Son (1907) is a memoir by poet and critic Edmund Gosse, which he subtitled “a study of two temperaments.” The book describes Edmund’s early years in an exceptionally devout Plymouth Brethren home. His mother, who dies early and painfully of breast cancer, is a writer of Christian tracts. His father, Philip Henry Gosse, is an influential, though largely self-taught, invertebrate zoologist and student of marine biology who, after his wife’s death, takes Edmund to live in Devon. The book focuses on the father’s response to the new evolutionary theories, especially those of his scientific colleague Charles Darwin, and Edmund’s gradual rejection of both his father and his father’s fundamentalist religion.

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