Father and Son Additional Summary

Edmund Gosse


(Critical Survey of Literature for Students)

Further Reading

Amigoni, David. “Edmund Gosse’s Cultural Evolution: Sympathetic Magic, Imitation, and Contagious Literature.” In Colonies, Cults, and Evolution: Literature, Science, and Culture in Nineteenth-Century Writing. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007. Amigoni’s analysis of Father and Son and other works of nineteenth century literature demonstrates how these works were influenced by the evolutionary writings of Charles Darwin and other scientists.

Mattheisen, Paul F., and Michael Millgate, eds. Transalantic Dialogue: Selected American Correspondence of Edmund Gosse. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1965. The introduction gives insight into Gosse’s relationship with American writers. Contains assorted references to Father and Son, including America’s favorable response. Includes an extensive index with almost seven pages of autobiographical references.

O’Gorman, Francis. “Romance and Victorian Autobiography: Margaret Oliphant, Edmund Gosse, and John Ruskin’s ’Needle to the North.’” In A Companion to Romance: From Classical to Contemporary, edited by Corinne Saunders. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell, 2004. This history of romance literature includes an analysis of the influence of this genre on Father and Son.

Porter, Roger J. “Conflict and Incorporation: Edmund Gosse’s Father and Son.” In Self-Same Songs: Autobiographical Performances and Reflections. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2002. Examines a range of autobiographical literature, including Father and Son, analyzing the various techniques used to create these books and the authors’ motivations for writing them. Porter demonstrates how writing an autobiography allows authors not only to discover their self-identities but also to change their lives.

Thwaite, Ann. Edmund Gosse: A Literary Landscape, 1849-1928. 1984. Reprint. Stroud, England: Tempest, 2007. Provides a balanced study of the pros and cons of Gosse’s life and work. Thwaite began the work to discover what happened after Gosse’s twenty-first year, when Father and Son ended. She covers Churton Collins’s notorious attacks on Gosse’s literary criticism, and she emphasizes Gosse’s far-reaching influence in England.

Woolf, James D. Sir Edmund Gosse. New York: Twayne, 1972. An introductory overview of Gosse, providing an array of Gosse’s criticism. Emphasizes Gosse’s views on Christianity relative to his religious focus in the early part of Father and Son. Provides extensive editorial notes to the text.