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John Stuart Mill (Paperback)

John Stuart Mill (Paperback)

Richard Reeves

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ISBN 13: 978-1-59020-237-1
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Overlook
7/9/2009

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Now in paperback, Richard Reeves s beautifully written book is the definitive life of one of the heroic giants of Victorian England. A young activist and highly-educated Cambridge Union debater, Mill would become in time the highest-ranked English thinker of the nineteenth century, the author of the landmark essay On Liberty and one of the most passionate reformers and advocates of his revolutionary, opinionated age. As a journalist he fired off a weekly article on Irish land reform as the people of that nation starved, as an MP he introduced the first vote on women s suffrage, fought to preserve free-speech and opposed slavery, and, in his private life, pursued for two decades a love affair with another man s wife. Exploring Mill s life and work in tandem, Reeves s book is a riveting and authoritative biography of a man raised to promote happiness, whose life was spent in the pursuit of truth and liberty for all.

Praise for John Stuart Mill
"A fine new biography."-The New Yorker

The best book I have read in a long time Literary Review

“McDowell culls her information from diaries, letters, and journals, which, in all, makes for a thorough but accessible reading. The information being imparted is not revelatory, but the subtle, argumentative slant of the text is laudable for its elevation of women commonly stereotyped as victims who lived passive lives in relation to the men they loved. Anyone interested in some crisp, literary gossip should take a look at this book.” – Feminist Review


“Critic, novelist and literary journalist McDowell (The Picnic) takes a scholarly but fascinating look at the love lives of women writers, revealing how writers like Anais Nin, Simone de Beauvoir and Sylvia Plath were affected by their romantic liaisons…Would they have become writers without their entanglements with these men? And was success in their art ultimately worth the heartbreak? This stirring account lets their devotees decide.” – Publishers Weekly

About the author
Richard Reeves is a leading social and political commentator, writing regularly for the Observer, New Statesman, Guardian, and Prospect. He is a former Columnist of the Year and Young Financial Journalist of the Year and has held research fellowships at the Institute for Public Policy Research and the University of London.

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