Eminent Victorians (Oxford World's Classics Series)

Eminent Victorians (Oxford World's Classics Series)

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by Lytton Strachey
     
 


Eminent Victorians is a groundbreaking work of biography that raised the genre to the level of high art. It replaced reverence with skepticism and Strachey's wit, iconoclasm, and narrative skill liberated the biographical enterprise. His portraits of Cardinal Manning, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Arnold, and General Gordon changed perceptions of theSee more details below

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Eminent Victorians is a groundbreaking work of biography that raised the genre to the level of high art. It replaced reverence with skepticism and Strachey's wit, iconoclasm, and narrative skill liberated the biographical enterprise. His portraits of Cardinal Manning, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Arnold, and General Gordon changed perceptions of the Victorians for a generation.
Lytton Strachey's biographical essays on four "eminent Victorians" dropped an explosive 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. Strachey approached his subjects with skepticism 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. This edition is unique in being fully annotated and in drawing on the full range of Strachey's manuscript materials and literary remains.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192801586
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Note on the Text and Manuscript
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of Lytton Strachey
Preface5
Cardinal Manning7
Florence Nightingale95
Dr. Arnold143
The End of General Gordon169
App.: Biographical Sketches245
Explanatory Notes249

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