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Lytton Strachey (1880-1932), among the most famous writers of his time, was
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Lytton Strachey (1880-1932), among the most famous writers of his time, was
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  • Eminent Victorians

    Eminent Victorians
    "Eminent Victorians" marked an epoch in the art of biography; it also helped to crack the old myths of high Victorianism and to usher in a new spirit by which chauvinism, hypocrisy and the stiff upper lip were debunked. In it, Strachey cleverly exposes the self-seeking ambitions of Cardinal Manning and the manipulative, neurotic Florence Nightingale; and in his essays on Dr Arnold and General Gordon, his quarries are not only his subjects but also the public-school system and the whole structure of nineteenth-century liberal values.

    Queen Victoria

    Queen Victoria
    A Life
    Lytton Strachey's acclaimed portrayal of Queen Victoria revolutionized the art of biography by using elements of romantic fiction and melodrama to create a warm, humorous, and very human portrait of this iconic figure. We see Victoria as a strong-willed child with a famous temper, as the 18-year-old girl queen, as a monarch, wife, mother, and widow. Equally fascinating are the depictions of her relationships: with her governess “precious Lehzen,” with Peel, Gladstone, and Disraeli, with her beloved Albert, and, in later life, her legendary devotion to her Highland servant John Brown, all of which show a different side of the staid, pious image that is so often attached to her.

    Queen Victoria

    Queen Victoria
    This is the definitive biography of Britain’s greatest monarch, who “was hailed at once as the mother of her people and as the embodied symbol of their imperial greatness.” “One of the surpassingly beautiful prose achievements of our time” (Chicago Daily News). Index; illustrations.

    Elizabeth and Essex

    Elizabeth and Essex
    A Tragic History
    One of the most famous and baffling romances in history-between Elizabeth I, Queen of England and Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex-began in May of 1587, when she was fifty-three and he was just shy of twenty. Their relationship continued until 1601, when the Earl of Essex was beheaded for treason. And, in a succession of brilliant scenes, Strachey portrays the Queen's and the Earl's compelling attraction for on another, their impassioned disagreements, and their mutual contest for power, which led to a final, tragic confrontation. Here we also have superb portraits of influential people of the time: Francis Bacon, Robert Cecil, Walter Raleigh, and other figures of the court who struggled to assert themselves in a kingdom that was primarily defined by her sovereign, and so now seen through history's lens as Elizabethan England.

  • Literary Essays

    Literary Essays
    A companion volume to Biographical Essays, this collection of twenty-five pieces includes two of Strachey's finest critical essays, "Shakespeare's Final Period" and "English Letter Writers." Index.

    Books and Characters French and English

    Books and Characters French and English

    Biographical Essays

    Biographical Essays
    Thirty-five sketches, including pieces on Voltaire, Frederick the Great, Rousseau, Gibbon, Walpole, Boswell, Carlyle, and Sarah Bernhardt, by one of the great biographical writers of this century. Companion volume to Strachey's Literary Essays. Index.

    Eminent Victorians

    Eminent Victorians
    In this biography, Strachey exposes the self-seeking ambitions of Cardinal Manning and the manipulative, neurotic Florence Nightingale; and in his essays on Dr Arnold and General Gordon, he looks at the public-school system and the whole structure of 19th-century liberal values.

  • Eminent Victorians Definitive Edition

    Eminent Victorians Definitive Edition
    Lytton Strachey's classic work Eminent Victorians was an assault on the Victorian Age and its values. For this new edition the text it printed in its entirety, and there are also new critical afterwords by four experts, reassessing Strachey's judgments on his subjects and presenting each one in a fresh light. David Newsome writes on Cardinal Manning; John Pollock on General Gordon; Terence Copley on Dr. Arnold; and Mark Bostridge on Florence Nightingale. Textual notes and illustrations from the original manuscript are included, together with previously unpublished photographs.

    The Biography of Florence Nightingale

    The Biography of Florence Nightingale
    Florence Nightingale was a healer, a comforter, and a nurturer. But like all of us, she had a dark side. Because of her mystique and her charisma she always got what she wanted. Seldom, did anyone really know her. They were drawn to her. They had to be with her. They admired her. At least one man literally worked himself to death for her. But they did not really know her. There is no doubt she was a force with which one had to attend. Denial of her passion and abilities generally led only to personal devastation! Now you can discover the darker side of Florence Nightingale.

    Books and Characters

    Books and Characters

    Victori

    Victori
    Portrait of a Queen

  • Cornerstones

    Cornerstones
    Portraits of Four Eminent Victorians

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