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Lytton Strachey : the new biography

Author: Michael Holroyd
Publisher: London : Pimlico, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : New edView all editions and formats
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"When Michael Holroyd's life of Strachey first appeared in the late 1960s [1967], it was hailed as a landmark in contemporary biography. Drawing on new material, published and unpublished, Holroyd completely revised and rewrote his [book] in 1995 to tell the full story of this complex man and his world as it could not be told while many of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. At the heart of the story is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Lytton Strachey; Lytton Strachey; Dora de Houghton Carrington; Dora de Houghton Carrington; Lytton Strachey
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Holroyd
ISBN: 9781845951832 1845951832
OCLC Number: 751836165
Description: 1 volume ; 24 cm
Contents: Double preface --
Part one --
I. Lancaster Gate (1. Papa and Mama ; 2. Elephantiasis and uncles ; 3. Marie Souvestre ; 4. Spellbound) --
II. 'Funny little creature" (1. Sea air ; 2. Glad day, love and duty' ; 3. 'Scraggs') --
III. Liverpool (1. Preparations ; 2. The melancholy of anatomy ; 3. Diaries and decisions) --
IV. Fratribus (1. Once upon a midnight ; 2. Palpitations, French and English ; 3. Characters ; 4. Blank, blank, blank) --
V. Beetles and water spiders (1. Conversazione ; 2. Father figures ; 3. A rose-water revolution ; 4. The good life ; 5. Hastings's creature ; 6. A new friend and rival ; 7. Sale vie and a glimpse of heaven) --
Part two --
VI. Post-graduate (1. Bubbles, oysters and potatoes ; 2. The limbo of unintimacy ; 3. Duncan Grant and his world ; 4. Men in love ; 5. Influence funeste) --
VII. Intentions (1. The travails of a journeyman ; 2. The spectatorial experience ; 3. A pocket handkerchief on Mont Blanc ; A bad end) --
VIII. The wrong turning (1. A proposal of marriage ; On gray and purple seas ; 3. Swedish experiment, French solution) --
Part three --
IX. The changing past (1. 'Chère Marquise' and 'Cher Serpent' ; 2. Mumps and a beard ; 3. The strange case of Rupert Brooke ; 4. A spiritual revolution) --
X. Town versus the country (1. The angel, the devil and A son of heaven ; 2. The chestnuts ; 3. Oscillations ; 4. Grand tour ; 5. Peregrinations and angoisses) --
XI. The lacket (1. Alone with a widow ; 2. Scenes from post-Edwardian England ; 3. Two types of patriotism ; 4. Undertonhes of war) --
XII. War and peace (1. Garsington ; 2. Conscription ; 3. The virgin and the gipsy ; 4. Unregarded hours ; 5. Fragile loves and secondary hearts) --
XIII. Tidmarsh (1. Drama and uncertainty ; 2. Summer manoeuvres ; 3. The mill house ; 4. 'Tout est possible') --
Part four --
XIV. A life apart (1. Success, money, other people ; 2. The beau monde ; 3. Queen Victoria and other essays ; 4. Memoir of an infantry officer ; 5. High life, low life, and literary life ; 6. The question of things happening ; 7. South from Pangbourne ; 8. The end of Queen Victoria ; 9. Moons and honeymoons) --
XV. Eminent Edwardian (1. The great panjandrum ; 2. Kissing and fishing ; 3. Views and reviews ; 4. Valentine's Day ; 5. Diplomatic asides ; 6. An Ibsen ending) --
XVI. Ham Spray House (1. Paper-games and pussy-cats ; 2. Attachment ; 3. A moderate success ; 4. Some more plot and fresh stirrings ; 5. Fiddling with Elizabeth ; 6. Waiting for Roger ; 7. Together ; 8. End of an era) --
XVII. Another world (1. Elizabeth, c'est moi! ; 2. Two to come and one to go ; 3. Ambitions ; 4. A summer interlude ; 5. Things that pass and things in general ; 6. Farewell to France ; 7. The final silence) --
Epilogue --
Bibliographical appendix: thirty years on.
Responsibility: by Michael Holroyd.

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Lytton Strachey, genius, wit, iconoclast, biographer, pacifist, and homosexual campaigner, was at the nexus of the literary and artistic life of Bloomsbury. He revolutionised the writing of biography  Read more...

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"Written with vivacity and scrupulousness.... [Michael Holroyd] has a great novelist's sense of the obstinate mystery of the human person."

 
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