A Literary Landscape
By (author) Ann Thwaite
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Edmund Gosse by Ann Thwaite
Book DescriptionThe life of Edmund Gosse was one of continuous contradiction. As he recalled in "Father and Son", he was a precocious only child brought up by his extraordinary father, whose thinking and conduct were dominated equally by the Bible and the "Actinologica Britannica", a study of marine life. Later, with inexplicable poise, he was simultaneously the intimate of Swinbourne and a sunday school superintendant, and public opinion divided in calling him the most discerning critic in England and a 'literary charlatan' with a 'genius for inaccuracy'. Gosse's rise to pre-eminence was rapid, and at his death he was acknowledged as the friend of Tennyson and Hans Christian Anderson, the confidant of Browning, R.L. Stevenson, Thomas Hardy and Henry James, and the champion of Ibsen, Gide and Yeats. In her biography, Ann Thwaite has painstakingly separated the facts from prejudice and rumour to reveal a picture of Edmund Gosse which can at last be called true to life. She refuses to ignore his many contradictions, but shows how they reflect the complexity of his singular genius.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780752441368
(198mm x 124mm x 10mm)
Imprint: The History Press Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 15-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ann Thwaite
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Two People considers how a relationship can be made to work when the people concerned have little in common but the feelings that they shared when they fell in love. Although A.A. Milne is best known for his Winnie the Pooh stories, this novel displays his considerable skill and power as a writer of adult fiction.
Frances Hodgson Burnett, Paperback (February 2007)
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A.A. Milne, Paperback (October 2006)
A A Milne is one of the most successful English writers. His creations such as - Winnie-the-Pooh, Christopher Robin, Eeyore, Tigger and Piglet - have become some of the best-loved children's characters of all time. This biography describes the man behind Pooh in all his complexity, including his experiences at the Somme in 1916.
Glimpses of the Wonderful, Hardback (October 2002)» View all books by Ann Thwaite
This is a vivid reassessment of the life of Philip Henry Gosse, the renowned Victorian naturalist, author, illustrator and Christian fundamentalist, who as both friend and antagonist of Charles Darwin, was at the very heart of the Victorian conflict between science and religion.
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Author Biography - Ann Thwaite
Ann Thwaite was born of New Zealand parents in 1929. She was educated at St Hilda's College Oxford and has been a writer, biographer and reviewer all her life. She lives with her husband, the poet Anthony Thwaite, in Norfolk.
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