Autobiography of John Stuart Mill

by John Stuart Mill

Hardcover, 1924




New York, Columbia university press [1924]


At three years old John Stuart Mill was studying arithmetic and Greek; by the time he was six he was enjoying Hume and Gibbon and writing Roman histories. Diffident, intellectually brilliant, fearless and profound, he became one of the greatest of the Victorian liberals and his works - particularly On Liberty, Utilitarianism, The Subjection of Women, and this Autobiography - are among the crowning achievements of the age.

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Open any page of Mill, and you will find something very well-expressed. If I were teaching students to write good, serviceable, muscular, forthright English prose, I should give them Mill to read.

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LibraryThing member stevenschmitt
This book is so wonderful on so many different levels that to give it a review at all would be a disservice. My recommendation is not on whether or not to read it but instead on how to read it. I suggest a quiet room, comfortable chair or couch, cup of coffee and a few hours of uninterrupted reading time. After completing the book, rest and repeat as desired.… (more)
LibraryThing member nielspeterqm
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.… (more)


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