Eminent Victorians

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OUP Oxford, Feb 26, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
Cardinal Manning * Florence Nightingale * Thomas Arnold * General Gordon Lytton Strachey's biographical essays on four 'eminent Victorians' dropped a depth-charge on Victorian England when the book was published in 1918. It ushered in the modern biography and raised the genre to the level of high literary art. Lytton Strachey approached his subjects with scepticism rather than reverence, and his iconoclastic wit and engaging narratives thrilled as well as shocked his contemporaries. Debunking Church, Public School and Empire, his portraits of Cardinal Manning, Florence Nightingale, Dr Arnold of Rugby, and General Gordon of Khartoum changed perceptions of the Victorians for a generation. This edition is unique in being fully annotated and in drawing on the full range of Strachey's manuscript materials and literary remains. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

I read Lytton Strachey years ago and felt this book had been overhyped, but rereading it in my late sixties, I found myself admiring his use of telling facts to open up the iconic facades of his four ... Read full review

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User Review  - wealhtheowwylfing - LibraryThing

Strachey was beloved by Virginia Woolf, plus it's about Victorians--two great tastes! I expect this book to be like eating peanut butter swirled into chocolate. om nom nom. Read full review

Contents

Preface
5
FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE
97
Biographical Sketches
245
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John Sutherland is the author of s Heathcliff a Murderer? and three other literary puzzle books in OWC. He has edited numerous OWC Victorian classics, is a regular reviewer for the LRB, TLS, and Guardian, and writes a weekly column for the Guardian. He also appears regularly on the radio and television and was literary adviser for the recent Andrew Davies-scripted BBC adaptation of Trollope's The Way We LiveNow. His biography of Stephen Spender is forthcoming.

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