Lytton Strachey by Michael Holroyd
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When Michael Holroyd's life of Strachey first appeared in 1967, it was hailed as a landmark in contemporary biography. Drawing now on new material, published and unpublished, Holroyd has completely revised and rewritten his masterwork to tell the full story of this complex man and his world as it could not be told while many of Strachey's friends and lovers were still alive. And at the heart of the story is the poignant liasion between Strachey and the painter Dora Carrington. A panorama of the social, literary, political and sexual life of a generation, LYTTON STRACHEY reverberates in the mind like a great novel.
 

About Michael Holroyd

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Michael Holroyd has written celebrated biographies of Hugh Kingsmill, Augustus John, and Bernard Shaw, as well as the acclaimed Basil Street Blues and Mosaic. He lives in London with his wife.
 
Published April 1, 1995 by Farrar Straus & Giroux (T). 779 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Editor Levy asserts that Michael Holroyd encouraged him in this project which poses another really interesting question -- why didn't Holroyd edit these still more marginal residuals (a kind word for leftovers) since he did present Lytton Strachey By Himself (1971)?

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In his preface to Eminent Victorians, the revisionist biographer Lytton Strachey declared that he wished to avoid ""scrupulous narration"" and, in an impressionistic fashion, shoot ""a sudden revealing, searchlight into obscure recesses."" Mr. Holroyd is well aware that his subject would find thi...

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In 1912, Lytton Strachey, who was living on his occasional journalism (chiefly for his cousin St Loe Strachey's Spectator), and amusing himself and his Bloomsbury friends by writing plays and verse, got the idea for the book that would become Eminent Victorians.

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The Letters of Lytton Strachey Edited by Paul Levy Viking £30, pp698 'As usual, it struck me that letters were the only really satisfactory form of literature,' mused Lytton Strachey in 1916.

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Holroyd's big, gossipy life of English historian Lytton Strachey (1880-1932), first published in 1968 and now in a revised, expanded edition, offers a vibrant, intimate portrait of the Bloomsbury circle, their love affairs, jealousies and creative ferment.

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The Independent

Despite the amount of time Strachey spends dealing in obscene gossip and going to parties, Holroyd never tries to pretend that Strachey is 'really' being serious.

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The Independent

Despite the amount of time Strachey spends dealing in obscene gossip and going to parties, Holroyd never tries to pretend that Strachey is 'really' being serious.

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Project MUSE

The Letters of Lytton Strachey represents a selection from Strachey's correspondence intended to "contribute to a narrative, either telling of an incident that is familiar from Holroyd's life, or from the film Carrington, or from one of the many other books dealing with Bloomsbury, or shedding a ...

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