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Eminent Victorians

Lytton Strachey

When Lytton Strachey published this book, he took the general perception of the Victorian age among English-speaking readers and turned it upside-down. Four of the most eminent and idealized heroic figures of the Victorian age came under his witty and unsparing gaze and emerged, astonishingly enough, as human beings. His study of one of the most revered prelates in England, Cardinal Manning, reveals a profound and courageous religious mind combined with the conniving and ruthless soul of a born politician. His dissection of the life of Florence Nightingale shows her both as the Lady of the Lamp and as a woman of steely backbone and adamantine determination, who not only cared for wounded and sick soldiers with complete dedication and solicitude, but who wreaked holy hell on any bureaucrat or governmental office that tried to get in her way. When Strachey is finished with Dr. Arnold, we understand him as a revolutionary reformer of English education and as a first-rate prig. And when Strachey finishes leading us through the life of General George Gordon, we come away having known him both as a man of extraordinary courage and as a near-lunatic. Fascinating, witty, insightful and provoking, these four biographical studies single-handedly revived the art of biography in the English language. A Freshwater Seas production.

When Lytton Strachey published this book, he took the general perception of the Victorian age among English-speaking readers and turned it upside-down. Four of the most eminent and idealized heroic figures of the Victorian age came under his witty and unsparing gaze and emerged, astonishingly enough, as human beings. His study of one of the most revered prelates in England, Cardinal Manning, reveals a profound and courageous religious mind combined with the conniving and ruthless soul of a born politician. His dissection of the life of Florence Nightingale shows her both as the Lady of the Lamp and as a woman of steely backbone and adamantine determination, who not only cared for wounded and sick soldiers with complete dedication and solicitude, but who wreaked holy hell on any bureaucrat or governmental office that tried to get in her way. When Strachey is finished with Dr. Arnold, we understand him as a revolutionary reformer of English education and as a first-rate prig. And when Strachey finishes leading us through the life of General George Gordon, we come away having known him both as a man of extraordinary courage and as a near-lunatic. Fascinating, witty, insightful and provoking, these four biographical studies single-handedly revived the art of biography in the English language. A Freshwater Seas production.
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When Lytton Strachey published this book, he took the general perception of the Victorian age among English-speaking readers and turned it upside-down. Four of the most eminent and idealized heroic figures of the Victorian age came under his witty and unsparing gaze and emerged, astonishingly enough, as human beings. His study of one of the most revered prelates in England, Cardinal Manning, reveals a profound and courageous religious mind combined with the conniving and ruthless soul of a born politician. His dissection of the life of Florence Nightingale shows her both as the Lady of the Lamp and as a woman of steely backbone and adamantine determination, who not only cared for wounded and sick soldiers with complete dedication and solicitude, but who wreaked holy hell on any bureaucrat or governmental office that tried to get in her way. When Strachey is finished with Dr. Arnold, we understand him as a revolutionary reformer of English education and as a first-rate prig. And when Strachey finishes leading us through the life of General George Gordon, we come away having known him both as a man of extraordinary courage and as a near-lunatic. Fascinating, witty, insightful and provoking, these four biographical studies single-handedly revived the art of biography in the English language. A Freshwater Seas production.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robert Bethune

Length:

10h 28m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:29


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:31


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:03


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:01


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:47


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:09


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:05


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:32


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:29


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:56


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:14


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:19


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:28


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:08


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:56


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:42


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:59


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:50


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:44


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:14


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:13


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:19


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:11


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:13


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:16


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:24


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:44


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:46


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:33


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:49


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:14


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:05


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:59


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:35


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:35


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:27


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:32


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:07


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:42


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:52


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:39


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:59


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:52


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:24


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:23


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:28


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:27


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:15


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:23


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:51


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:03


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:57


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:15


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:53


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:16


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:47


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:27


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:30


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:12


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:33


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:19


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:08


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:29


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:47


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:46


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:33


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:56


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:02


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:16


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:55


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:16


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:08


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:44


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:25


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:33


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:45


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:10


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:16


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:10


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:17


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:51


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:23


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:44


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:09


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:13


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:34


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:31


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:05


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:11


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:37


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:39


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:14


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:08


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:40


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:13


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:21


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:22


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:00


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:41


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:08


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:00


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:36


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:14


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

07:02


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:39


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

03:57


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:05


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:03


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:55


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:08


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

03:12


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:58


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:55


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:09


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:47


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:11


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:05


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:52


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

00:51