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The approaches to autobiography and to biography are devious, variable, and uneven. A most useful gambit is the dissection of an intellectual hero by a biographer. It may reveal to us insights into the relationship between mental capacities and accomplishment. It may develop into the biography of an intellect. Duclaux did this in his book Pasteur, The History of a Mind. In many respects Alfred J. Nock's Memoirs of a Superfluous Man is nothing other than a searching autiobiography of intellectual and emotional development, for the two can hardly be separated. The approach that Bibby uses is still different, for of all the many facets of Thomas Henry Huxley's life he takes those which revolve around his valiant efforts for education, set against the somewhat belated recognition in England in comparison to the United States that the state had an obligation in the education of its citizens, which may not
Bean WB. T. H. Huxley, Scientist, Humanist and Educator. Arch Intern Med. 1962;109(4):493–494. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620160119021