Eminent Victorians [Lytton Strachey] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Eminent Victorians, first published in and consisting of. Strachey’s portraits of Cardinal Manning, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Arnold, and Eminent Victorians, collection of short biographical sketches by Lytton. Eminent Victorians () by Lytton Strachey consists of biographies of four leading figures from the Victorian era. Its fame rests on the.

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In England, churchgoing amongst the middle and upper classes is high, and functions as a stracheh of status. The next year he moved to The Lacket, a cottage in Wiltshire. He admires the resolute way she challenged the sluggish, reactionary bureaucracy of the British War Office and forced through revolutionary changes. About Lytton Strachey Lytton Strachey, whose iconoclastic reexaminations of historical figures forever changed the course of modern biographical writing, was born in London on March 1, Unable to find peace, he analyzed his motivations in detail, trying to decide whether, if advancement came along, he should accept or reject it.

I suppose he could be accused of speculating a little too much, but any good reader should understand that there is some opinion mixed in with the facts.

At Cambridge, he became a member of a group called The Apostles which included the novelist E. It overcomes a distortion of the biographer’s capacity to participate in a life, albeit at some remove in time and space.

I liked the form Strachey uses; it’s imaginative non-fiction which almost becomes fiction at times with its sense of the subjects as characters whose nature is intuited rather than strictly evidenced. He finally agreed on the understanding that Gordon would take instructions from him lutton supervise a withdrawal from the Sudan, even though he suspected Gordon was not the right man for the job.


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To preserve, for instance, a becoming brevity—a brevity which excludes everything that is redundant and nothing that is significant—that, surely, is the first duty of the biographer. Within this confusion were posed the two approaches lyttonn biography described above: His personal triumph consummated a hard won creative leap ahead for biography and its methodological possibilities.

According to Eileen Overend, Strachey’s literary reputation rests traditionally on Queen Victoriaand his general popularity is due to Eminent Victorians It was only infor example, as Altick notes, that readers discovered that the father of Victorian poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, was a brooding drunkard.

Strachey was still committed to leftwing activities – he was writing a good deal, including political reviews for War and Peace, then being edited by Leonard Woolf. From first to last his domestic life had been marked by tensions and fierce outbursts.

Lytton Strachey’s biographical essays on four “eminent Victorians” dropped an explosive charge on Victorian England when the book vicrorians published in Dr Arnold is hailed as an exemplar who stracuey the Public School system. Strachey obtained a degree in History from Trinity College inalthough the following year he failed to win the fellowship he desired when his dissertation on the British statesman Warren Hastings was rejected.

Thomas Arnold, and General Charles Gordon.

Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Left out, of course, are many others, maybe as equally important, such as artists, royalty, statesmen, and an always obscure category, the forgotten poor. In his pages the man who was the veritable conscience and scourge of Britain, whose eightieth birthday in had been a national occasion, turned out to have been an extremely difficult man to get along with, selfish, grim, irritable, even violent.


Instead, it is a member of the European Unionand its nineteenth century role as the world’s superpower has passed to the United States. Carlyle represented strength, and no writer up to Strachey’s day commanded as much attention and respect for his person and his work from the general public. And, too, the gradual methodological shift from unidimensional to multidimensional biography, with an incipient emphasis on deconstruction, begins to be seen.

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Here is an example: Inthe then Bishop of London went so far as to say that “this is the greatest fight ever made for the Christian religion”. He never speaks of such.

Strachey’s satire in Eminent Victorians is pervasive. Perhaps that’s a tribute to the book – emunent the best business ideas or architectural styles it feels as if it has always been here.

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stracney Strachey’s almost melancholic preoccupation with himself, as it was gradually displaced onto the stage of literary production, was transformed into a new, distinct biographical style, that is, the strategic deployment of hostility toward professional authority as a literary device for analyzing individual lives.

I like Strachey’s writing. His faith was unconventional, focusing on an idea of the just man who served the will of God by turning away from earthly desires.