Eminent Victorians [Lytton Strachey] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Eminent Victorians, first published in and consisting of. Strachey’s portraits of Cardinal Manning, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Arnold, and Eminent Victorians, collection of short biographical sketches by Lytton. Eminent Victorians () by Lytton Strachey consists of biographies of four leading figures from the Victorian era. Its fame rests on the.

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Arnold himself remained remote, although the boys were awed by his presence. This is first and foremost a literary work. Underneath the public face of Victorianism, however, there is a great deal of hypocrisy. I had hardly taken the typescript up again after dinner when If you prefer to read the biographies of people that you’ve actually heard of then you’d be better off elsewhere, but if you’re the sort vicgorians nerd like me that simply enjoys learning new and interesting things especially if they’re delivered in a deliciously bitchy, gossipy way then Eminent Victorians will be right up your cobbled alley.

Was Strachey unwittingly jealous of Froude?

He married young and for ten years was a private tutor to boys about to enter the University. I was impressed by the biography of Florence Nightingale gictorians was tireless for most of her long life in improving healthcare in both military and civilian life. Beginning inthe system of reform she had fought for was put in place.

This book was a best-seller AND a scandal when it was published in the early ‘s.

Eminent Victorians

According to Michael Holroyd, the irony was that “Strachey’s tendency was to fall in love with the sort of person he would like to have been. The title of the book, Eminent Victoriansis itself ironic, and much of Strachey’s satire employs irony. Satire also characterizes Strachey’s treatment of Voctorians Nightingale’s pretensions to serious religious thought. When first published in May,Eminent Victorians received laudatory reviews in the press, and sales exceeded Strachey’s expectations.


Gordon was placed in control of an army that won back large amounts of land that had been captured by rebels. The portrayed parties are not white-washed as they’re done when fact turns into myth. Eminent Victorians work by Strachey. I would indicate, as an honourable exception to the current commodity, Sir Edward Cook ‘s excellent ” Life of Florence Nightingale ,” without which my own study, though composed on a very different scale and from a decidedly different angle, could not have been written.

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I’d always wanted to read this collection of four Victorian biographies, ever since I saw the movie Carrington based on the life of Strachey with painter Dora Carrington. Strachey obtained a degree in History from Trinity College inalthough the following year he failed to win the victorans he desired when his dissertation on the British statesman Warren Hastings was rejected.

Unable to find peace, he analyzed his motivations in detail, trying to decide whether, if advancement came along, he should accept or reject it.

Perhaps that’s a tribute to the book – like the best business ideas or architectural styles it feels as if it has always been here. At the time of writing Eminent Victorians, the country was more than usually certain that God was on its side. You think snark is something new? Victlrians 15, Drianne rated it it was amazing Shelves: The approach of unidimensional construction is not new. Please note that our editors may make some formatting changes or correct spelling or grammatical errors, and may also contact you if any clarifications are needed.


General George Gordon had a distinguished military career and but was a character who was hard to work with.

It may be hard for us to appreciate the feat at this distance Emiinent Victorians was published in ; the memory of that once-imposing Jabberwock — the Victorian era — is well faded.

When in London that winter he attended whenever possible Bertrand Russell’s trial ljtton writing an article that advocated acceptance of a German offer of peace. Satire is the use of wit and humor to ridicule or show scorn of a subject. Baring became exasperated with Gordon’s adventurous actions but tried to mediate between Gordon and the British government. Strachey’s other works included a play, Son of Heavenwhich was produced at the Scala Theatre, London, inand a selection of essays and viictorians, Books and Characters: Strachey’s life itself is a paragon lyyton irony recognized by a number of scholars.

Beautiful prose with a whimsical and waspish sense of humour. The earliest hint is a subtle one. Such a process was well put by James Boswell who described his own approach to writing the life of Samuel Johnson. Instead, Arnold chose to continue a curriculum based in the classics.