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John Stuart Mill's Autobiography takes him from his child hood to his relationship with Harriet Taylor. It concentrates on his early education in which his father recognizing his genius prepared him to follow in his footsteps as a disciple of the Untilitarian philosopher, Jeremy Bentham. He describes the breakdown he experienced as a result of his mechanical adherence to Benthamism and his eventual recovery when he discovers, through the poetry of Wordsworth, the importance of the feelings and emotions in addition of strict logic.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   philosopher Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1600-1899

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   British Unusual characteristics:    -   Genius


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Century:    -   19th century

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   More 6-10 B&W How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   26-50% of book

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