Lytton Strachey

Lytton Strachey (Giles Lytton Strachey), 1880–1932, English biographer and critic, educated at Cambridge. He was one of the leading members of the Bloomsbury group. Strachey is credited with having revolutionized the art of writing biography. In reaction to the copious dull scholarship and the lengthy panegyrics of the 19th cent., he determined to write biographies that were swift, selective, critical, witty, and artistic. His work includes Eminent Victorians (1918), a volume of short biographical studies; Queen Victoria (1921), his masterpiece; Elizabeth and Essex (1928); and Portraits in Miniature (1931). As a critic, Strachey was the author of such works as Landmarks in French Literature, a study of the classical spirit (1912), and Books and Characters (1922).

See biography by M. Holroyd (2 vol., 1968; rev. ed. 1995).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Lytton Strachey
R. A. Scott-James.
Longmans Green, 1955
English Literature in the Twentieth Century
J. W. Cunliffe.
Macmillan, 1933
Librarian’s tip: Chap. XII "Lytton Strachey"
One Mighty Torrent: The Drama of Biography
Edgar Johnson.
Stackpole Sons, 1937
Librarian’s tip: "Two Princes of the Church" begins on p. 45 and Chap. XVIII "Art and Irony"
High and Low Moderns: Literature and Culture, 1889-1939
Maria DiBattista; Lucy McDiarmid.
Oxford University Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: "Surviving Victoria" begins on p. 23
Contemporary English Literature
Mark Longaker; Edwin C. Bolles.
Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1953
Librarian’s tip: "Lytton Strachey" begins on p. 471
Modernizing Lives: Experiments in English Biography, 1918-1939
Ruth Hoberman.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1987
Librarian’s tip: Chap. II "Revolt Against Victorianism"
Encyclopedia of the Essay
Tracy Chevalier.
Fitzroy Dearborn, 1997
Cyclopedia of World Authors
Frank N. Magill; Dayton Kohler.
Harper & Row, 1958
Librarian’s tip: "Lytton Strachey" begins on p. 1035
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