Eminent Victorians [Lytton Strachey] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Eminent Victorians, first published in and consisting of. Strachey’s portraits of Cardinal Manning, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Arnold, and Eminent Victorians, collection of short biographical sketches by Lytton. Eminent Victorians () by Lytton Strachey consists of biographies of four leading figures from the Victorian era. Its fame rests on the.
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The other conventional wisdom, I think, is that the best part of the book is its fourth section, on General Gordon, which is pretty dynamite: To ask other readers questions about Eminent Victoriansplease sign up. The cleric was lyttonn as his lay brethren; he was a creature apart, chosen by Divine will and sanctified by Divine mysteries. Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval.
Mar 04, Sarah rated it liked it. Those two fat volumes, with which it is our custom to commemorate the dead—who does not know them, with their ill-digested masses of material, their slipshod style, their tone of tedious panegyric, their lamentable lack of selection, of detachment, of design?
Manning won because he befriended Monsignor Talbot, the private secretary of the pope. What is irony, and how is it strategic in Strachey’s approach? Errington became involved in a dispute with Manning over who should control St. Arnold himself remained remote, although the boys were awed by his presence. By putting down a hero FroudeStrachey, as an innovative biographer who builds on Froude’s technique!
The dispute went to the pope. Cardinal Manning is presented as a scheming, ambitious man rather than a pious representative of God. When the war finally ended in November,the British casualties numbereddead and nearly 1, wounded.
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And by “text” is meant not only the biography one reads, but also the person studied by the biographer and reader alike. It has been my purpose to illustrate rather than to explain. In his pages the man who was the veritable conscience and scourge of Britain, whose eightieth birthday in had been a national occasion, turned out to have been an extremely difficult man to get along with, selfish, grim, irritable, even violent.
Each of the lives is very different from the others, although there are common threads—for example the recurrent appearance of William Ewart Gladstone and Arthur Hugh Clough. It was no coincidence, for example, that sometime around he was overcome by a period of stagnation and general literary obscurity.
The magnitude for biography lyttton his final achievement must not be underestimated. In that relationship, the usual roles of the sexes, especially in Victorian England, were reversed. So far, I find Strachey a bit of a ‘carper’ and a ‘poseur’. The particular association described by the biographer is of his own making, done usually for didactic ends.
One wonders, therefore, why Strachey found it necessary to be victoriane than enthusiastic about Froude’s life and work than we ourselves may be at least when confronted by Strachey’s short essay about this writer.
His mission was to lead the Islamic faithful back to the true ways of the Prophet. The also-rans were Henry Sidgwick, the last truly great Cambridge philosopher to be troubled by religious doubts; GF Watts, the fine portrait painter who was better known for his sickly narrative paintings and was briefly married to the actress Ellen Terry; the eighth Duke of Devonshire, who was to figure as Lord Hartington as a comic butt in the final piece on Gordon; Charles Darwin; John Stuart Mill; Benjamin Jowett, the broad church master of Balliol, famous for his translations of Plato and for having the young AC Swinburne as his guest in the master’s lodgings; Carlyle; and Lord Dalhousie, the “greatest of Indian proconsuls”, who was responsible for much of the infrastructure of modern India.
Manning was a man of extremely strong will, with a desire for power and victogians commensurate with his assessment of his own abilities. But for the most part, the Victorian biography was a lamentable affair, “written not to reveal but to conceal human nature” as Robert Gittings puts it in The Nature of Biography.
Arnold was a man of strong religious conviction, and he was also a reformer who set out to make morals and conduct the centerpiece of the school. Thomas’s Hospital, she became the founder of modern nursing. The tigress’s victim is Sidney Herbert, vixtorians he is presented in the metaphor as a stag, “a comely, gallant creature springing through the forest.
In Strachey’s view, Gordon was an impulsive, eccentric romantic, with a bent for mysticism and a fervent belief that he should always follow the will of God.