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by Paxton Hood

A very detailed look at Isaac Watts, his life and travels.
Download Isaac Watts epub
ISBN: 1840300981
ISBN13: 978-1840300987
Category: Biographies
Subcategory: Leaders & Notable People
Author: Paxton Hood
Language: English
Publisher: Emerald House Group Inc (March 1, 2001)
Pages: 350 pages
ePUB size: 1907 kb
FB2 size: 1356 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 288
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A biography attempting too hard to tell everything there is possibly to tell. It is very tedious. At the same time it is a wonderfully refreshing look at Isaac Watts and the tight circle of Nonconformists around him. A close look at these people that supported one another spiritually and in far more tangible ways - with shelter, money, connections. Beginning with Watts' birth in 1674 and his childhood in Southampton in a family a staunch Nonconformists, the author sets the stage. "It was a cruel time; the laws were very bitter against the Nonconformists....a respectable young woman, with a child at her breast, sitting on the steps of the goal seeking and waiting for admission to her husband." On to Watts' schooling and his early friendships that lasted throughout his life. A lot of space is devoted to poems - the whole poem and more poems and yet more of them. The author never really attempts a critical analysis of these works, so they stand alone. But we are left to wonder about what songs there used to be that Watts' replaced and met with such approval. A considerable portion of the book is devoted to Watts' evident talent as a teacher - and his close relationship with his pupils' families. The author attempts to tell all and unfortunately it ends up being just too much for one book.
This is a very informative work on Isaac Watts and his time. The author works into the book a great deal of personal information about Watts. It was tedious at times for me, since I wanted only a simple biography. The author took a great deal of liberty to tell us everything he could find about every acquaintance or possible acquaintance that Issac Watts might have met in his limited travels. A little too many details and chasing rabbits for my taste. It was obvious that the author found the side issues and individuals that happen to live in England during the same time period as facinating information. All in all, the author satisfied my interest in Watts and his interest in side issues - so if I had it to do all over again - I'd buy the book.