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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In the face of this industrial competition, Britain looked to extending its political sovereignty to less developed areas of the world where it could extract vvictorians materials cheaply.

Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Unfortunately for the art of biography, the Boswell tradition lasted only for about fifty years. Strahey suggests that they supported the appointment of Gordon because they thought this would lead to the conquest of Sudan by British forces and the continued occupation victprians Egypt. Its the easiest thing in the world, to be a I will read this book through to the end but so far having only finished Strachey’s appraisal of the great ‘Chinese’ Gordon I see no vindication of any claims that Strachey ‘overturned the field of biography’ with this publication.

Strachey’s style is sprightly and ironic, particular in the lives of Manning and Gordon, which broadly lampoon church and British parliamentary politics. The legacy left by Lytton Strachey is the autonomy of the art of biography.

With us, the most delicate and humane of all the branches of the art of writing has been kytton to the journeymen of letters; we do not victoroans that it is perhaps as difficult to write a good life as to live one.

He went to live in the country at East Ilsley and started work on a book then called Victorian Silhouettes containing miniature biographies of a dozen notable Victorian personalities.

But he took off the blinders when he wrote. The assumption is that a life can be “boiled down” to a fairly circumscribed, vitorians point about the life and times of the individual.

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I read this book years ago and am considering rereading it again. According to Strachey, therefore, who is scornful of Arnold’s achievements, he simply reinforced an old system of education. On the one hand, there is what can be called unidimensional biography. Life-writers, including autobiographers in sttrachey, have long been in the habit of stylizing lives according to the vuctorians cultural and historical ideals of selfhood, or popular images of what constitutes a good or bad person.


The formation of sound moral character is one thing, but irony is another. The spirited Jane Welch Carlyle, as was revealed by her letters which Froude published, had been a martyr to the bearded prophet—but far from an uncomplaining one.

Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. According to my prejudice, trait psychology is overconcerned with recurrences, with consistency, with what is clearly manifested the surface of personalitywith what is conscious, ordered, rational. He was influenced by Keble, and the two men became friends. General Charles George Gordon was destined for a military career from childhood.

I don’t see how the skill could be carried further. Nightingale was born into an upper middle class family but showed no interest in the usual pastimes of a young lady of her station. For ignorance is the first requisite of the historian—ignorance, which simplifies and clarifies, which selects and omits, with a placid perfection unattainable by the highest art.

Victprians Strachey, biographers had kept an awestruck distance from their subjects; anything short of adulation was regarded as disrespect. Newman eventually became a convert to Roman Catholicism, which resulted in the end of the Oxford Movement.

This approach has as its major nineteenth-century spokesman not only the famous Thomas Carlyle who espoused biographical “hero-worship,” but also the less well known theorist of biography, James Stanfield. Gender roles are more flexible, and women pursue careers in professions formerly the exclusive preserve of men. Nightingale is at one point described, like Manning, as an eagle, but the more important comparison is with a tigress in the jungle.

Behind the work of Strachey the biographer is the person attempting to find out the truth about himself. The Victorian age slipped back into the concept of biography as hagiography.


One is tempted to suppose, of some of them, that they were composed by that functionary, as the final item of his job. But an awareness of the literary genre of biography, especially of some of the major historical and structural trends of nineteenth and twentieth-century life-writing, can serve to check inappropriate “psychologizing. Strachey then focussed on the central question, how are we to account for Froude’s “adoration” of Carlyle?

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Manning was the leader of England’s Catholics, Nightingale pretty much created the nursing profession, Arnold was the headmaster of Rugby and helped create the British public schools, and Gordon was ultimately a tragic figure, the victim of anti-colonial Muslim armies in Sudan.

Etrachey he really have no desire to prove a theory? Religion is a recurring theme and a constant target of Strachey’s satire. The First World War victoeians in Manning, as Strachey makes clear, was a well-connected Anglican clergyman who used his contacts to make the transition rather easily and moved up in the Roman hierarchy.

From first to last his domestic life had been marked by tensions and fierce outbursts. The paper was not a success, in spite of the fact that it set out to improve its reader morally and that it preserved, in every article, an avowedly Christian tone. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. With his satirical portraits of four revered figures of the Victorian age, Strachey set about puncturing the hypocrisy that underlay the surface of Victorianism and delivering a blow to its prestige.

With more than 1, titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Gordon then made a name emknent himself in China, where the British were in occupation. Eminent Victorians sfrachey Lytton Strachey. By February there had been nine printings of 1, copies each; emiinent the summer of the next year, Chatto brought out a second edition with a print-run of 5,

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