Dinah Birch: A Victorian Naturalist, 19 September 2002
Show More Glimpses of the Wonderful: The Life of Philip Henry Gosse 1810-88 by Ann Thwaite.
Faber, 387 pp., £25, October 2002, 0 571 19328 5Show More
“... when we remember our childhood was magnified by the wish to imply a heroic escape from the tyranny of an eminent Victorian. Even Edmund, however, was taken aback by the reaction when his memoir was published in 1907. He had not intended an all-out assault on the father he professed to see as ‘a good and even great man, whose character was too powerful ...”