Lytton Strachey - Life and Works

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Lytton Strachey - Life and Works

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Oct 22, 2009, 12:41pm

Possibly the precurser to modern biographers, who opened up the possibility of the 'broad brushstroke' for life writing. Essayist, friend, eccentric...

Oct 22, 2009, 2:18pm

I have his big fat bio here tbr. I'll let you know, once I read it.

Jan 26, 2010, 7:27pm

Broad Bush Stroke , yes , very wide and swathing . I think though he should be coined the founding father of the biographical myth. Emminent Victorians was leavened with truths that stretched a little to far into the tongue & cheek realm . Its a fun book but not as much fun as Ermyntrude and Esmeralda which really is a hoot.

Tiffin: Holyrds book is tough in the beginning but picks up after Lytton gets out of college ( In my opinion) , its a great book. Follow it up with "Carrington--A Life" by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina if you haven't read it yet.

Jan 26, 2010, 7:52pm

I haven't read the Gerzina book...thanks, DF. Where did you get your handle, btw? Not Fred Benson, by any chance?

Jan 27, 2010, 8:30am

DF = my website

Dead Fred's Genealogy Photo Archive :))

Edited: Mar 19, 2010, 11:13pm