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Eminent Victorians : The Illustrated Edition

by Strachey, Lytton

Condition: As New/As New

London: Bloomsbury, 1988 'First published in [it] revolutionized modern biography. Lytton Strachey's barbed prose removed the Victorians from their pedasals, reveadlng them as flawed ans sometime sunattreactive human beings. . The lives of Cardinal Manning, Florence Nightingale, Dr Arnold and General Gordon provided Strachey with rich material from which to shape his elegant, sceptical essays. The many illustrations in this new edition . have been chosen to complement a text which remains as fresh, funny and enjoyable as when it was first written." 192p.. First Thus. Hardcover. As New/As New.

“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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