Lytton Strachey — Eminent Victorians

Steve Newman Writer
6 min readFeb 18, 2019
Lytton Strachey with Virginia Woolf, late 1920s. Photo: National Portrait Gallery

One of the most eminent of Edwardians, Lytton Strachey, was a writer of wit and charm, with an ability to deliver a razor sharp critical analysis to any subject or person he chose to settle upon. He was a literary breath of fresh air who changed, forever, how biography should, must be written, with his most successful book, Eminent Victorians, a huge best-seller when it was first published in 1918.

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