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Eminent Victorians
 
 
Author
Lytton Strachey.
Publisher Dover  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
ISBN 9780486451367
Pages/Publication Date 261/2006
Daedalus Item Code 04167
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A groundbreaking book for the modern biographer, originally published in 1918, Lytton Strachey's razor-sharp essays on four prominent Victorians brought him literary fame, though his subjects—Cardinal Manning, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Arnold, and General Charles "Chinese" Gordon—fared less well in this anti-hagiography.

"Strachey's portraits ... revolutionized English biography. Until Strachey, biographers had kept an awestruck distance from their subjects; anything short of adulation was regarded as disrespect. Strachey, however, announced that he would write lives with 'a brevity which excludes everything that is redundant and nothing that is significant,' whether flattering to the subject or not. His intensely personal sketches scandalized stuffier readers but delighted many literati."—Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature

 
 
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