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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. The second, no less surely, is to maintain his own freedom of... "
New Outlook - Page 293
1920
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Eminent Victorians: Cardinal Manning, Florence Nightingale, Dr. Arnold ...

Lytton Strachey - Great Britain - 1918 - 351 pages
...biographer. The second, no less surely, is to maintain his own freedom of spirit. It is not his business to be complimentary; it is his business to lay bare...intentions. To quote the words of a Master — " Je n'impose rien; je ne propose rien: j 'expose. " LS A list of the principal sources from which I have...
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Eminent Victorians: Cardinal Manning, Florence Nightingale, Dr. Arnold ...

Lytton Strachey - Great Britain - 1918 - 351 pages
...biographer. The second, no less surely, is to maintain his own freedom of spirit. It is not his business to be complimentary; it is his business to lay bare...intentions. To quote the words of a Master — " Je n'impose rien; je ne propose rien: j 'expose. " LS A list of the principal sources from which I have...
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Eminent Victorians: Cardinal Manning, Florence Nightingale, Dr. Arnold ...

Lytton Strachey - Great Britain - 1918 - 351 pages
...biographer. The second, no less surely, is to maintain his own freedom of spirit. It is not his business to be complimentary; it is his business to lay bare...understands them. That is what I have aimed at in this book—to lay bare the facts of some cases, as I understand them, dispassionately, impartially, and...
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Current Opinion, Volume 65

Edward Jewitt Wheeler, Frank Crane - Literature - 1918
...biographer. The second no less surely is to maintain his own freedom of spirit. It is not his business to be complimentary; it is his business to lay bare the facts of the case, as he understands them." Lytton Strachey's portrait of Florence Nightingale is perhaps the most extreme and illuminating illustration...
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Books and Their Writers

Stuart Petre Brodie Mais - English fiction - 1920 - 343 pages
...of selection, of detachment, of design ? . . . What I have aimed at in this book is to lay bare 167 the facts of some cases, as I understand them, dispassionately,...intentions. To quote the words of a master — ' Je n'impose rien ; je ne propose rien : j'expose.' " There is a " bite " about these remarks which prepares...
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Biography as High Adventure: Life-writers Speak on Their Art

Stephen B. Oates - Biography & Autobiography - 1986 - 146 pages
...is significant.... To maintain his (the biographer's) own freedom of spirit. It is not his business to be complimentary, it is his business to lay bare the facts of the case as he understands them." Strachey's iconoclasm brought respectability to life-writing and ushered in human foibles as legitimate...
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Nineteenth-Century Lives

Jerome Hamilton Buckley, Laurence S. Lockridge, John Maynard, Donald D. Stone, David Staines - Literary Collections - 1989 - 216 pages
...What is puzzling in Strachey's preface is his idealization of impartiality. "It is [the biographer's] business to lay bare the facts of the case, as he...dispassionately, impartially and without ulterior intentions." But anyone who has read so much as a paragraph of Strachey's masterpiece knows that what makes it the...
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Telling the Untold Story: How Investigative Reporters are Changing the Craft ...

Steve Weinberg - Biography & Autobiography - 1992 - 253 pages
...Pathography Strachey said in the preface's final paragraph that it is not the biographer's business "to be complimentary; it is his business to lay bare...dispassionately, impartially, and without ulterior intentions." Strachey was saying that a biography belongs to the author, not to the subject. His approach fit well...
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A Need to Testify

Iris Origo - History - 1984 - 379 pages
...more, a great deal more, than what we tell. When Lytton Strachey said that 'a biographer's business is to lay bare the facts of the case, as he understands them . . ,'63 he was setting forth the only answer to the problem of omniscience. A biographer can only...
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Eminent Victorians

Lytton Strachey, John Sutherland - Biography & Autobiography - 2003 - 300 pages
...standards, from his Preface (probably the last thing he wrote). It climaxes with a majestic protestation: 'That is what I have aimed at in this book — to lay bare the facts of some cases, as I understand, dispassionately, impartially, and without ulterior intentions. To quote the words of a Master — "Je...
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