Glimpses of the Wonderful

Ann Thwaite
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ISBN 9780571193288 Format Hardback
Published 07/10/2002 Length 416 pages

About Book

After her acclaimed biographies of A. A. Milne and Emily Tennyson, Ann Thwaite examines 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.

'Extensively illustrated and full of eyecatching contemporary detail, Glimpses of the Wonderful is a masterpiece of Victorian biography.' Guardian (Book of the Week)

'Ann Thwaite, in this compelling, deeply moving biography, recreates Gosse as a warm, humorous and learned man, a devoted husband, father and grandfather; a brilliant zoologist, and, as a young man, an eager, brave explorer . . . Ann Thwaite has recreated a man, an era and a way of thought. Her brilliant, beautifully illustrated, poignant and illuminating book shows that, in their respect for the infinite variety of forms of life on this planet, the Victorians and ourselves are not so very far apart.' The Times

'Thwaite's biography is heroic in its subject and its zestful research. Engrossing to read, it is also beautifully produced, the illustrations and end-papers showing Gosse's paintings of lizards, beetles and other small creatures that seem to glow with love and fascination.' Sunday Times

  • About Ann Thwaite

    Born in London, Ann Thwaite spent the war years in New Zealand, returning to complete her education at Queen Elizabeth's, Barnet, and St Hilda's College, Oxford. She has lived in Tokyo, Benghazi and Nashville, Tennessee. She has lectured in many countries, but most of her life has been spent as a writer, and she is now settled in Norfolk with her husband, the poet Anthony Thwaite. She is an Oxford D.Litt, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her previous biographies are Waiting for the Party, a life of Frances Hodgson Burnett; Edmund Gosse (winner of the Duff Cooper Award, 1985); A. A. Milne (Whitbread Biography of the Year in 1990); and Emily Tennyson: The Poet's Wife.$$$Ann Thwaite celebrated her seventieth birthday in the week of the publication of Glimpses of the Wonderful, which she says is her final biography. She plans now to use her biographical skills on her own life, in a book tentatively titled 'My Side of the Story'.

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