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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His father, an army officer, sent him to Woolwich Academy, after which he was expected to join the Royal Artillery. They had power to discipline the younger boys, and they in turn were answerable to the headmaster.

The strategy of using irony in his biographical narratives maintained sometimes created a distinction between Strachey the working biographer and the subjects toward whom his hostility was directed, and upon whom his unique literary craft worked. 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. There was “something that irked him still.

The next year he moved to The Lacket, a cottage in Wiltshire. Waspish as his writing is, it is never at least to a modern reader disrespectful.

Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

View all 3 comments. In spite of its age, though, the book is full of deliciously tart and stinging lines that make this acerbic read strahcey guilty pleasure.


Errington was the influential leader of the Old Catholics in England, families who had remained Catholic since the times of Elizabeth I. After her return to England, despite ill-health, she worked feverishly, laying out plans for the reform of the entire Army Medical Department and fighting the bureaucratic opposition her proposals aroused.

He should not act as a kind of posthumous cheerleader for the dead man, but neither should he be deliberately destructive. A friend recommended this, but it does drag on with religious minutae–not the narrative speed we expect today. For Carlyle, far above all others within English literary circles of the nineteenth century, was both a hero and a maker of heroes, at least insofar as Strachey himself was a biographer and was able to identify with Carlyle on this score. A list of the principal sources from which I have drawn is appended to each Biography.

Strachey had a very interesting approach to history – he tried to really get inside the heads of his subjects, to fully understand their motives and tendencies. Generally, the debate between constructionists and deconstructionists pertains to attitudes toward objects of study in the humanities, the former being somewhat more chauvinistic than the latter. Errington was appointed Archbishop of Trebizond by Cardinal Wiseman. I found all of the stories very interesting, well written, witty and humorous.

Most biographers fall short of Strachey’s hermeneutical mark, perhaps because the time was not, or currently is not, as historically potent for them as it had been for him. After the war, he tried to block the reforms that Nightingale advocated. They I enjoyed this immensely. Talbot ended his days in a lunatic asylum. Ferns shows how Eminent Victorians grew out of Strachey’s opposition to World War I, for which he held the late-Victorian generation responsible.


I expect this book to be like eating peanut butter swirled into chocolate. A Critical Biography was also published in, well, two fat volumes. Strachey began writing literary criticism and essays for a variety of journals, and in became a reviewer for the Spectator.

Within seven years, Manning had become Archbishop of Westminster.

The book made Strachey’s name and placed him firmly in the top rank of biographers, where he remains. It is brilliant, delicious, exquisitely civilized. Reproduced from a photograph, by kind permission of the owner.

Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Through a series of blunders he was killed in Khartoum on the upper Nile when his garrison was overrun by what today would be called terrorist guerillas. British society is more informal than stdachey previous generations; relations between the sexes are less governed by formal rules.

There were only a few dissenting voices in the early reviews.

Gordon repeatedly refused to take the opportunities he had to escape.