Lytton Strachey

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Strachey, Lytton

(Giles Lytton Strachey), 1880–1932, English biographer and critic, educated at Cambridge. He was one of the leading members of the Bloomsbury groupBloomsbury group,
name given to the literary group that made the Bloomsbury area of London the center of its activities from 1904 to World War II. It included Lytton Strachey, Virginia Woolf, Leonard Woolf, E. M.
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. 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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Lytton Strachey tiene el honor de ser considerado fundador de los "estudios Victorianos" (Altick 84).
Dalloway; letters to Woolf from Desmond and Mary (Molly) MacCarthy; 77 letters (published in Letters) from Woolf to correspondents including Donald Clifford Brace, Robert Gathorne-Hardy, Barbara (Strachey) Halpern, Richard Arthur Warren Hughes, Desmond MacCarthy and Molly MacCarthy; "Preliminary Scheme for the formation of a Partnership between Mr Leonard Sidney Woolf and Mr John Lehmann to take over The Hogarth Press" (includes contract signed by Lehmann, Leonard Woolf, and Virginia Woolf and receipt for Lehmann's payment to Virginia Woolf to purchase Virginia Woolf's share in the Hogarth Press); photographs of Virginia Woolf, Leonard Woolf, Lytton Strachey, Strachey family, Roger Fry, and Vanessa Bell (Hannah Whitall Smith mss.
So sensitive was Lytton Strachey that he locked himself away for six weeks just to grow his beard without fear of ridicule.
Stylistic links between the writings of Lytton Strachey and John Maynard Keynes have been explored in considerable detail in a recent PhD dissertation by Larry Lepper.
Bu farw Lytton Strachey ym 1932, ac o ganlyniad, cymerodd Carrington ei bywyd ei hun gyda gwn.
In the 1918 essay "Militarism and Theology," Lytton Strachey laments that even moderate men these days accept human aggression as part of the world's fixed order and praise the warlike virtues as eternal goods.
The introduction of sexuality into their discussions occurred very suddenly one evening when, shortly after the marriage of Virginia Woolf's sister, Vanessa, to Clive Bell, Lytton Strachey came to visit them at home--and asked Vanessa if a stain on her dress was semen.
This invented persona, which was accepted by contemporary German reviewers as entirely lifelike, bears some features of Bostonian philanthropists whom Hegemann had known since pre-war days The purpose of the writings, in which he imagined the most illustrious intellectuals of the time--Rudolf Borchardt, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Thomas Mann, Georg Brandes, George Bernard Shaw, and Lytton Strachey among them--gathered in Ellis's Italian villa to discuss their common European heritage, was primarily to disabuse German readers of any lingering confidence in the notion of a pre-eminent historical mission for Prussia.
All the usual intellectual suspects looked in: Virginia Woolf, Vanessa and Clive Bell, Duncan Grant - who was still living there at 93 - Maynard Keynes, Lytton Strachey and EM Forster.
But biography as popularly recognized today owes its character to Lytton Strachey, who set the standard in his Eminent Victorians, published in 1918.
Woolf is best known, of course, as the husband of novelist Virginia Woolf and as a lesser member in good standing of the Bloomsbury Group of intellectuals who emerged in England in the early 1900s, among them Lytton Strachey, E.
He is certainly superior to Lytton Strachey, but not as good as Michael Sadleir, to take two contemporaries with whom he is often compared.