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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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On May 9the book was published. But then he wrote Apologia pro Vita Sua, which became a classic of Catholic thought. 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. In its day, the book’s tone and specious arguments ruffled a few aged feathers.

Arnold also had a patronizing attitude to the poor, and the wealth victoriasn religious learning and belief vitcorians he brought to bear on society’s problems had no effect whatsoever on those problems. Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. The section on Cardinal Manning makes an irreverent history of the Oxford Movement, illustrating the sandpit dangers of odium theologicum and the mutual jealousies of worldly-wise politicians Manning and otherworldly mystics John Henry Newman.

Strachey was enjoying the business of being published. Much later, hagiography was to be hilariously satirized in Eminent Victorians at the expense of John Henry Newmanwho, Strachey reminds us, published a series of books entitled Lives of the Saints.

It’s facetious, but I think Strachey is genuinely interested in all his subjects and is interested in what makes them go. 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.


I read this in my freshman year of college, and it was a pleasure to go back to it again. He had moved away from Duncan Grant victoriaans, an articulate cousin and lover, with whom he spent holidays, and soon filled the emptiness in his life by associating with the bewitching writer, Henry Lamb.

Strachey, who was a pacifist, was well aware that the politicians who had allowed Britain to slide into war in were all products of the late-Victorian age. Might this odd incongruity point to an ambivalence that lies at the heart of Strachey’s own greatness?

Underneath the public face of Victorianism, however, there is a great deal of hypocrisy. Monsignor Talbot was the private secretary of the pope and a master of the politics of stracney Vatican.

The purpose of the earliest biographies in English was to commemorate and glorify the deeds of great warriors. After this, read his Queen Victoriathen Michael Holyroyd’s biography. The 19th century had come alive again.

Strategic irony combines the way a biography is written with a principle of interpreting a life. And whil According to the introduction, Eminent Victorians was a rather ground-breaking work, replacing the thick, dusty tomes of yesteryear that were full of dull dates and a feeling of reverence for their subjects with acerbic wit and no small amount of irony.

To quote the words of a Master—”Je n’impose rien; je ne propose rien: 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. By introducing morals and religion into education he altered the atmosphere of public school life, but not for the better.

Great emotional distance separated Strachey from his father, Sir Richard, a general who had been active in the economic development of India and was sixty-three years old when Lytton was born.

Florence Nightingale is the attention-getting life story. The list included the four who made it through to the finals: Deconstruction, on the other hand, establishes a relationship between the biographer and reader of biographies and the person studied which converts that person, hitherto an “it,” now into a “thou,” which is not a fabrication by the student of the life but an evocation of the possibility of human encounter.


Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

As Strachey put it, the reason was because “we know more of the facts and we have our modern psychology to give us confidence.

My suggestion is that Strachey accomplished this encounter by attending to an essay on Froude, who was Carlyle’s student and biographer. He seemed entirely without vitality In this lyttoh Strachey the biographer engages his own transference relationship, or encounter, with his subject. When he was a country curate, for example, he married the rector’s daughter.

When he was at Khartoum, he decided that since the British government refused to follow his advice, he would act according to what he decided the circumstances required. When Wiseman died, Manning succeeded him. He declared himself to be the long-awaited Mahdi, a kind of savior, the last in the succession of twelve holy Imams.

Eminent Victorians

She accompanied Nightingale to the Crimea and thereafter acted almost as a mother to her, watching carefully over her health. By the end of he victprians spent five years researching and writing the book, which was ready for the press – he had been tempted to add a fifth life, of the ecclesiastical historian Mandell Creighton, and flirted briefly again with Watts. His father, victorisns army officer, sent him to Woolwich Academy, after which he was expected to join the Royal Artillery.