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Published: 26 February 2009

336 Pages | 1 halftone


ISBN: 9780199555017

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Eminent Victorians

Lytton Strachey
Edited by John Sutherland

Oxford World's Classics

  • 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. [insert cover image 2801589]The only fully annotated edition, essential for the serious modern reader.
  • Draws on the full range of Strachey's manuscript materials and literary remains.
  • The only paperback edition to include bibliography, chronology, introduction, biographical sketches of the four subjects (and notes).
  • John Sutherland is well-known as the author of Is Heathcliff a Murderer? and other puzzle books in OWC, and for his Guardian column and media appearances (e.g.on BBC Radio 4's 'Front Row' and BBC4).
  • Popularity of biography among general readers and increasingly for academic study, and the importance of Eminent Victorians in the history of the genre.
  • Lytton Strachey is well-known as a member of the Bloomsbury group,which included Virginia Woolf.

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