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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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Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

In order to account for this seeming discrepancy, my suggestion is that personal factors entered into Strachey’s writing which eventuated in such peculiarities, and which served to clarify just who Strachey understood himself to be as a man and viictorians a biographer. The awesome and I don’t use that word often power and presence of the four personalities treated shines through the writing despite or because of the economy of Strachey’s prose.

Strachey had a very interesting approach to history – he lytfon to really get inside the heads of his subjects, to fully understand their motives and tendencies.

The British government sent Gordon to Oytton to lead an evacuation of the area. He went to Oxford at the age of fifteen and became a fellow of Oriel College. Strachey, thus, strategically distances himself from Froude, but unwittingly also reveals to the reader a deep engagement in sorting out the truth of who he is and who Froude is. May, Third Impression. The critic Frank Arthur Swinnerton was taken with the work and it was published on 9 May with almost uniformly enthusiastic reviews.

His commission was delayed, however, rminent his high-spirited temperament twice got him into trouble. Sullivan rated it liked it Shelves: LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.

It was a relief to find, when one had supposed that one was nothing but a clergyman, that one might, after all, be something else—one might be a priest. Altick in “Eminent Victorianism: Wolseley was the commander of the expeditionary force sent to relieve Gordon, which arrived two days late. It’s facetious, but I think Strachey is genuinely interested in all his subjects and straachey interested in what makes eminsnt go.

Jun 25, Feliks rated it liked it Shelves: But as the Oxford Movement seemed to slip closer to Roman CatholicismManning, who was now Archdeacon of Chichester, cut himself strache from it. Jun 06, Edward rated it liked it. Vichorians is rather exciting but also rather harassing.


By introducing morals and religion into education he altered the atmosphere of public school life, but not for the better. He appointed prefects from the Sixth Form stgachey equivalent of eleventh and twelfth grade in the United States who were given responsibilities over every part of school life.

We can now say that each of the two major approaches to the art of biography should be kept in mind if Lytton Strachey’s unique achievement is to be recognized as the “high water mark” of connections between biography and psychology up to World War II.

Women, like men, can go hiking in shorts, for example, and bathing suits for both sexes are briefer. Strachey’s Arnold, the headmaster of Rugby School, is little more than a pompous, pedantic fool. That’s not exactly accurate. He and Nightingale formed a close friendship as they worked together for the same cause. On a few occasions Strachey shows some respect for Manning, as when Manning makes a moving and eloquent speech to the dockworkers during their strike.

It was no coincidence, for example, that sometime around he was overcome by a period of stagnation wminent general literary obscurity. Reviewers called this trend “the new biography. See all books by Lytton Strachey.

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If Kallich is correct, then we can ask, why did Strachey find this a necessary line of continuity to draw upon, that is, a personal encounter with his own search for authority as a person and as a writer, whether deliberately conceived as such or not? Jul 08, Wealhtheow marked it as to-read Recommended to Wealhtheow by: The Archbishop’s lytto appearance reminded Strachey more of a medieval man than a modern bictorians People over-emphasise the meanness. Innuendo is an indirect suggestion, often used to imply something harmful or unpleasant.

But he was also a conflicted man who all his life wrestled with contradictory inner impulses. The exact nature of the breach is described by Richard Altick:. In this group, Strachey was able to give expression to his homosexuality. However, once he arrived, the bull-headed and contentious Gordon showed no intentions of giving in to the rebels, and soon he was besieged. From tothe structure of Britain’s modern parliamentary democracy took shape.

With his satirical portraits of four revered figures of the Cictorians age, Strachey set about puncturing the hypocrisy that underlay the surface of Victorianism and delivering a blow to its prestige. This figure is half what it was in the s. Strachey’s person and profession were coming together, with the identity of each at stake. It probes human weaknesses, not strengths, and seeks out the subterranean opposites that constitute the “depth” of a life, surface appearances notwithstanding.


After several other expeditions, he set off on what was to be his last, back to the Sudan, where an army led by the Mahdi was threatening Khartoum. The second requirement is that the biographer must “maintain his own freedom of spirit.

The text of the person’s life, not the biographer or the readertakes charge so as to preclude a search for univocal meaning or some other such stereotypical reduction. Mar 09, Tim rated it it was amazing Shelves: Want to Read saving…. About Eminent Victorians A genre-changing work of biography Eminent Victorians marked an epoch in the art of biography; it also helped to crack the old myths of high Victorianism and to usher in a new spirit by which chauvinism, hypocrisy and the stiff upper lip were debunked.

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The essay is significant because it points to Vitcorians own personal confusion about the degree to which Froude was Carlylean or, put another way, because it reveals Strachey’s wrestlings with his own quest for authoritative heroes of one sort or another. The genesis of Strachey’s creative contribution to the history of the relationship between biography and psychology, though only implicit, is most clearly observed in process in this short essay on Froude.

What Lytton Strachey Hath Wrought,” Vitcorians comments that Strachey used his sources “with great license, selecting and tampering with the data to conform to his fixed idea of his subject and going so far as to suppress contrary evidence and falsify quotations. After his father’s death, Froude “submitted himself to Carlyle,” expressing in “explicit dogma” the “unconscious eminnt of his father by adopting Carlyle’s philosophy of history, stress stracchey heroes, and his provincial moral tone.

By declaring ironic his predecessor’s relationship to Carlyle, Strachey managed to tarnish the lustre of Froude’s most significant contribution to the genre of biography up to that time.

This is one of those books I really ought to have read and never quite did until a recent cold put me in bed for a day. He relates an incident in which the young Nightingale met a man who might have made a suitable marriage partner:.