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JS Mill Autobiography

John Stuart Mill, Autobiography

Autograph manuscript, 210 leaves, 1861, 1869-70

Columbia RBML X192M59 BM2

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One of the most versatile British thinker of the nineteenth century, Mill was an incisive critic of liberalism as well as its greatest exponent. His Autobiography, published the year after his death, has eclipsed his political and economic studies, such as the Essay on Liberty and Utilitarianism. According to a note written by Mill's step-daughter Helen Taylor on the manuscript, the work was “to be published without alterations or omissions, within one year of my [JSM’s] death.”

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