Autobiography, Paperback Book
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One of the greatest prodigies of his era, John Stuart Mill (1806-73) was studying arithmetic and Greek by the age of three, as part of an astonishingly intense education at his father's hand.

Intellectually brilliant, fearless and profound, he became a leading Victorian liberal thinker, whose works - including On Liberty, Utilitarianism, The Subjection of Women and this Autobiography - are among the crowning achievements of the age.

Here he describes the pressures placed on him by his childhood, the mental breakdown he suffered as a young man, his struggle to understand a world of feelings and emotions far removed from his father's strict didacticism, and the later development of his own radical beliefs.

A moving account of an extraordinary life, this great autobiography reveals a man of deep integrity, constantly searching for truth.


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A model of romantic & Victorian autobiography, full of bonus insights into Enlightenment vs romanticism; political economy; Mill's own life & concerns; the symptoms of depression, together with one "existential" approach to its cure - plus of course the bizarre, slanted, yet singularly effective education of a very young JS Mill by his father, the formidable James Mill.