Eminent Victorians

By: Lytton Strachey
Published By: Double9 Books
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"Eminent Victorians" is a seminal work of biography and social commentary published by British writer and critic Lytton Strachey. By offering four unique portrayals of notable Victorian people, the book challenges the standard approach to biography. Cardinal Manning, Florence Nightingale, Dr. Thomas Arnold, and General Charles Gordon are among Strachey's subjects. Strachey takes a sarcastic and critical perspective to their lives, rather than offering hagiographic narratives. He examines their shortcomings, paradoxes, and character complexity, presenting the human side of these great figures. Strachey's style is funny and astute, providing readers with a new perspective on these great figures. When it was initially released, the book's satirical tone and unorthodox biographical format generated quite a stir. Strachey's presentation of these illustrious Victorians as flawed and deficient questioned the conventional veneration for the era's heroes and heroines. "Eminent Victorians" is more than just a biography compilation; it's a critique of the Victorian society and beliefs that these figures embodied. Strachey's work was influential in altering the biography genre and encouraging a more nuanced and critical assessment of historical characters.

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Lytton Strachey

Lytton Strachey (1880-1932) was a prominent English writer and critic known for his contributions to the Bloomsbury Group, an influential circle of intellectuals and artists in early 20th-century Britain. Strachey played a significant role in redefining biography as a genre and had a profound impact on modern English literature. Strachey's writing style was characterized by its wit, irony, and subversion of conventional narratives. He challenged the traditional approach to biography, rejecting the idea of portraying historical figures as flawless heroes and instead delving into their complexities, contradictions, and personal lives. Strachey's works extended beyond biography. He wrote essays, literary criticism, and cultural commentary that reflected his distinctive style and perspective. His writings often explored themes of sexuality, social conventions, and the hypocrisy of the Victorian era. Lytton Strachey's literary contributions influenced subsequent generations of writers and thinkers, shaping the development of modernist literature and the approach to biography as a genre. His works continue to be celebrated for their incisive analysis, bold interpretations, and unique literary style, solidifying his reputation as a key figure in 20th-century English literature and intellectual history.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Double 9 Books
  • Publishing Year: 2023
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 222Pages
  • ISBN-10:9359324418
  • ISBN-13:9789359324418
  • Item Weight: 333g
  • Dimension : 216 x 140 x 12.5mm
  • Country of Origin : India
  • Importer: Double 9 Books
  • Packer: Double 9 Books
  • Book Type : Biography & Autobiography