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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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Rereadings: Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey – a string quartet in four movements

He swanked to Lady Ottoline that “my life passes almost entirely among proof sheets, which now flow in upon me daily. He and his followers took over Nanking, and found themselves at odds with both the British and Chinese governments. Feb 28, Leonie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Such a process was well put by James Boswell who described his own approach to writing the life of Samuel Johnson. The last decade of the nineteenth century has been called an era of imperialism.

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Once again, the history of the book itself is as interesting as its subjects. InLytton Strachey, who was living on his occasional journalism chiefly for his cousin St Loe Strachey’s Spectatorand amusing himself and his Bloomsbury friends by writing plays and verse, got the idea for the book that would become Eminent Victorians.


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Books by Lytton Strachey. The book’s preface suggests that Strachey ‘exposed hypocrisy’ in all the leading British institutions of the Victorian age. Arnold also changed the way the school was governed. Dec 31, Tocotin rated it really liked it Shelves: It was no coincidence, for example, that sometime around he was overcome by a period of stagnation and general literary obscurity.

Carrington attempted strafhey the night of Strachey’s death, and unable to cope with the grief of losing Strachey, victorrians killed herself seven weeks later. Despite ill-health, she was driven on by an almost maniacal frenzy for work, and insisted on driving others to their limits and beyond in the case of Sidney Herbert.


For the biographer, then, a “direct method of a scrupulous narration” is ruled out. Nightingale was driven on by a compulsive desire to work. Strachey begins by stating that the history of the Victorian age can never be written because too emibent is known about it.

Thereafter he always had an ear for when opportunity might come knocking. One of Emunent friends, David Garnett, commented that “Lytton’s essays were designed to undermine the foundations on which the age that brought war had been built” quoted by Richard D.

Lytton Strachey’s quartet of pithy biographies, Eminent Victorianswittily, Wilde-ishly distorts the character and accomplishments of four noble worthies — Cardinal Manning, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Arnold, and General Gordon — in order to burlesque the nineteenth-century’s most dearly held virtues: Irony shrachey means that the expressed words of the author are the opposite of his intended meaning. Strachey is most relentlessly satirical in his account of Arnold, who obviously arouses his scorn.

In the following year he moved to Wiltshire where he stayed untilby which time he had completed half the book. British society is more informal than in previous generations; relations between the sexes are less governed by formal rules.

If as Eileen Overend implies, Strachey’s Queen Victoria stands as his first clearly multidimensional biography, perhaps with psychoanalytic overtones, then his essay on Froude represents the culmination of the multidimensional approach in which construction is abandoned and strategic irony, posing as incipient deconstruction, is adopted.

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I’d always wanted to read this collection of four Victorian biographies, ever since I saw the movie Carrington based on the life of Strachey with painter Dora Carrington.

And whil According to the introduction, Eminent Victorians was a rather ground-breaking work, replacing the thick, dusty tomes of yesteryear that were full of dull dates and a feeling of reverence for their subjects with acerbic wit and no small amount of irony. May, Third Impression. She was disciplined and tenacious, with a clear idea of what she wanted to accomplish, and the strength of will to achieve it.


Strachey’s approach to biography is no better seen than in his short essay of on the historian and biographer, James Anthony Froude Lord Hartington was a member of the British Cabinet and the leader of the imperialist faction which did not support the official policy of withdrawal from the Sudan. Strachey’s person and profession were coming together, with the identity of each at stake.

But he took off the blinders when he wrote. It is brilliant, delicious, exquisitely civilized. Wiseman eventually petitioned the pope for the removal of Errington from his position as archbishop. He also felt drawn towards the Roman Catholic Church.

Thomas Arnold, and General Charles Gordon. His mission was to lead the Islamic faithful back to the true ways of the Prophet. Whether you will find these particular Victorians interesting is another matter.

The implication is that this eimnent look gives the lie to Arnold’s bold self-confidence about all matters. Froude, like Strachey, was himself troubled by nineteenth-century literary constraints. The particular association described by the biographer is of his own making, done usually for didactic ends.

But unlike O’Brien’s book, which deserved and eventually found it’s audience, I think the changed world really rendered Strachey’s book superfluous. He was determined not to let Khartoum fall, but when he reached the city, the situation rapidly worsened.

In Strachey’s view, Gordon was an impulsive, eccentric romantic, with a bent for mysticism and a fervent belief that he should always follow the will of God.