Autobiography Additional Summary

John Stuart Mill


(Critical Survey of Literature for Students)

Further Reading

Barros, Carolyn A. Autobiography: Narrative of Transformation. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1998. Analyzes autobiographies by Mill and several other prominent Victorians, describing how these authors relate tales of major transformations in their lives; Mill’s autobiography recounts a significant change in his philosophy.

Mazlish, Bruce. James and John Stuart Mill, Father and Son in the Nineteenth Century. New York: Basic Books, 1975. The material on James Mill adds much to one’s understanding of his more famous son. The book has a strong “social science/psycho-history” perspective that is predicated on the validity of Freudian theory.

Mill, John Stuart. The Early Draft of John Stuart Mill’s Autobiography. Edited by Jack Stillinger. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 1961. Reveals differences between early drafts and the published versions of the Autobiography.

_______. John Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor: Their Correspondence and Subsequent Marriage. Edited by F. A. von Hayek. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1951. A study of an important relationship in Mill’s adult years. Drastically alters the glowing image of Harriet Taylor created by the Autobiography.

Packe, Michael. The Life of John Stuart Mill. New York: Macmillan, 1954. The standard biography. Comprehensive, intelligent, and elegantly written, setting many aspects of Mill’s career in historical context.

Reeves, Richard. John Stuart Mill: Victorian Firebrand. London: Atlantic Books, 2007. An authoritative and well-received biography that recounts Mill’s life, philosophy, and pursuit of truth and liberty for all.