Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

By Lytton Strachey

Chosen by means of the fashionable Library as one of many a hundred most sensible nonfiction books of all time

"Eminent Victorians" marked an epoch within the paintings of biography; it additionally helped to crack the outdated myths of excessive Victorianism and to bring in a brand new spirit in which chauvinism, hypocrisy and the stiff top lip have been debunked. In it, Strachey cleverly exposes the self-seeking targets of Cardinal Manning and the manipulative, neurotic Florence Nightingale; and in his essays on Dr Arnold and basic Gordon, his quarries should not in basic terms his matters but in addition the public-school approach and the full constitution of nineteenth-century liberal values.

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