Lytton Strachey was a British writer and critic, best known for his work in biographies. Born on March 1, 1880, in London, he was a prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group. Strachey revolutionized the art of biography with his 1918 publication 'Eminent Victorians,' which painted intimate and sometimes scathing portraits of notable figures from the Victorian era. His approach was characterized by his elegant prose and his use of wit to critique the social norms and mores of his time. Strachey's influence extended beyond his literary work, as he is also noted for his contributions to the development of modernist thought. He passed away on January 21, 1932.
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"Eminent Victorians" is a biographical work that profiles four influential figures from the Victorian era. The book provides an in-depth look into the lives of Cardinal Manning, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Arnold, and General Gordon, exploring their respective contributions to British society during the 19th century. Through these portraits, the book offers a critical and often satirical analysis of Victorian values, institutions, and moral attitudes, challenging the idealized narrative of the era.