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Lytton Strachey By Himself
01 Sep 2015 * EBOOK * £6.99 * 9781784974190

The collected memoirs and diaries of Lytton Strachey.

Non Fiction / BGLA (Biography)
Extent: 248 pages
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Lytton Strachey By Himself: A Self-Portraitby Lytton Strachey, edited by Michael Holroyd

While working on his two-volume biography of Lytton Strachey, Michael Holroyd had access to the Strachey archives. From the same source he collected all Strachey's diaries and memoirs, which together in this volume form an intermittent but not disconnected autobiography.

From childhood diaries to the introspective and often anguished records of late adolescence emerges an intimate self-portrait, valuable for its own sake and also for the light it sheds on the most gifted members of the Bloomsbury Group. In addition to the informal diaries, Strachey wrote and read to the Memoir Club two autobiographical essays (also published here) which may be judged among the finest and most characteristic of his writing.

Lytton Strachey was a British writer and critic. A founding member of the Bloomsbury Group, he was best known for writing EMINENT VICTORIANS, a collection of biographies of Victorian heroes: Cardinal Manning, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Arnold, and General Gordon.
Besides the biographies of Augustus John, Bernard Shaw and Lytton Strachey, Michael Holroyd has written two volumes of memoirs, Basil Street Blues and Mosaic. He was president of the Royal Society of Literature from 2003 - 2008 and is the only non-fiction writer to have been awarded the British Literature Prize. He lives in London and Somerset with his wife, the novelist Margaret Drabble.

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