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.

Lytton Strachey—Eminent Victorians

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