Father and Son by Edmund Gosse

bookshelves: published-1907, autumn-2014, autobiography-memoir, newtome-author, radio-4x, victorian, nonfiction, religion, christian, classic

Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read from September 17 to 26, 2014
Philip Henry Gosse en Edmund Gosse (1857)


Description: “This book is the record of a struggle between two temperaments, two consciences, and almost two epochs. It ended, as was inevitable, in disruption. Of the two being here described, one was born to fly backward, the other could not help being carried forward…” Thus begins this remarkable chronicle of the division between generations. Gosse was born in 1849 into a deeply religious household; both parents were pious member of the Plymouth Brethren, a narrow sect. This book, Gosse’s masterpiece, was anonymously published in 1907.

Episode 1/2 Memoir of Edmund Gosse’s Victorian childhood, raised in a strictly non-conformist Plymouth Brethren home. Stars Derek Jacobi and Roger Allam.

2/2 Baptised at the age of ten, lonely Edmund is torn between his father and a terrible secret. Stars Derek Jacobi and Roger Allam.

Philip Henry Gosse 1810 – 1888 was an English naturalist and popularizer of natural science, virtually the inventor of the sea-water aquarium.

Thomas Hardy and Sir Edmund Gosse at Max Gate, Dorchester, 1927, photograph from The Times.

Edmund Gosse, by John Singer Sargent, 1886

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