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Eminent Victorians

Giles Lytton Strachey (1880-1932)

1. 01 - Preface and Cardinal Manning, Chapter 1
2. 02 - Cardinal Manning, Chapter 2
3. 03 - Cardinal Manning, Chapter 3
4. 04 - Cardinal Manning, Chapter 4
5. 05 - Cardinal Manning, Chapter 5
6. 06 - Cardinal Manning, Chapter 6
7. 07 - Cardinal Manning, Chapter 7
8. 08 - Cardinal Manning, Chapter 8
9. 09 - Cardinal Manning, Chapter 9
10. 10 - Cardinal Manning, Chapter 10
11. 11 - Florence Nightingale, Chapter 1
12. 12 - Florence Nightingale, Chapter 2
13. 13 - Florence Nightingale, Chapter 3
14. 14 - Florence Nightingale, Chapters 4 & 5
15. 15 - Dr. Arnold, Part 1
16. 16 - Dr. Arnold, Part 2
17. 17 - The End of General Gordon, Part 1
18. 18 - The End of General Gordon, Part 2
19. 19 - The End of General Gordon, Part 3
20. 20 - The End of General Gordon, Part 4
21. 21 - The End of General Gordon, Part 5
22. 22 - The End of General Gordon, Part 6
23. 23 - The End of General Gordon, Part 7

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Summary

On Modern Library's list of 100 Best Non-Fiction books, "Eminent Victorians" marked an epoch in the art of biography; it also helped to crack the old myths of high Victorianism and to usher in a new spirit by which chauvinism, hypocrisy and the stiff upper lip were debunked. In it, Strachey cleverly exposes the self-seeking ambitions of Cardinal Manning and the manipulative, neurotic Florence Nightingale; and in his essays on Dr Arnold and General Gordon, his quarries are not only his subjects but also the public-school system and the whole structure of nineteenth-century liberal values.