978-1-55584-353-3 / 9781555843533

Eminent Victorians: The Illustrated Edition


Publisher:Grove Pr



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First published in 1918, this work revolutionized modern biography with its slightly caricatured, witty descriptions of four eminent Victorians, Cardinal Manning, Florence Nightingale, Dr Arnold and General Gordon. Lytton Strachey removed the Victorian heroes from their pedestals, revealing them as flawed and sometimes unattractive human beings. Strachey chose four complementary characters and through them explored the dynamics of the Victorian era. All four were deeply religious, channelling keen personal ambition through ideals of service and duty. All four had become figures of popular veneration, whose legends highlighted the prejudices, hopes and follies of the Victorians. This new edition is enhanced by colour and black and white illustrations.

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