Autobiography of John Stuart Mill

by John Stuart Mill

Hardcover, 1924




New York, Columbia university press [1924]


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.… (more)

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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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