My father had a copy of Edmund Gosse's well-known book Father and Son. It was not unnatural for me to read it since I read most of the books in the very considerable library we had at home. In this book I recognized certain polarizations. Since then I have seen the same polarizations from the opposite pole with our own children. But I remembered the Gosse. So when I was browsing in a secondhand book store I picked up a copy of Portraits and Sketches, originally published in 1912. I have tried to get Gosse's Life of Sir Thomas Browne but have never found a copy.
What Edmund Gosse has done in this collection of character sketches is to write an essay about people with whom at one time or another he was initimately associated. The major essay gives an extremely interesting view of Swinburne. By the way, he tells