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EMINENT VICTORIANS: The Illustrated Edition

by Lytton Strachey

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London: Bloomsbury, 1988. Hardcover. 192p. A hardcover book in near-fine condition with a like dustjacket. Head of spine lightly bumped. Bookplate inside front cover. Otherwise clean and tight. The jacket is like-new, save for mild sunning to the spine. First published in 1918; this is the first illustrated edition. Foreword by Frances Partridge.

“Discretion is not the better part of biography,” Lytton warns us, and it is with this motto that he paints his portraits of Cardinal Manning, Dr. Arnold, Florence Nightingale, and General Gordon. The caricatures – which represent the world of religion, philanthropy, education, and politics – expose the high Victorian myths, and reveal a slightly darker truth about the leading figures of the era.Some say that he led the world into the next generation, but that claim is essentially over inflated. What can be said is that the line between fiction and non-fiction was blurred. A new genre was born: literary biography.




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