Jackson Knight's brother, G. Wilson Knight, has sifted out from a mass of documents, letters and other papers all that is most relevant and striking in the many-faceted life of his subject. Wilson Knight has been particularly skilful and shrewd in his amalgamation of purely family and personal story, including charts of descent, with matters more pertinent to the significance of his brother's life in the wider, more public spheres. The family history is in itself a profound and moving psychological study, the relationship between mother and son being especially intriguing. The book also offers. in its early part, a vivid picture of family life before the First World War, seen through the eyes of two brothers as they grew up in a secure and relatively simple way in Surrey and in London. This book also records much that is valuable about schools and military training, about poetic literature and university life. There are unique accounts, based on privileged documents, of important academic bodies such as the Virgil society and the Societas Erasmiana; and this material should be of particular interest to classicists and to those professionally concerned with higher education. The last phase of the story takes the reader into the realms of Spiritualism. An important feature of the book is the comprehensive bibliography of the works of Jackson Knight in classical and other fields.
Hardback book in very good condition, bottom edge of spine somewhat bumped. Comes with a very good jacket, protected by a removable cover. Very slightly shelf worn, with a few small closed tears and marks at the tops and bottom edges of the spine.