Eminent Victorians [Cardinal Manning, Florence Nightingale; Dr. Arnold; General Gordon]

London: The Folio Society, 2000. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. A Fine copy of this Folio Society publication, in a Fine slipcase with a few light spots; a Folio Society publication this biography/profile of four leading figures of the Victorian Era: Cardinal Manning, Florence Nightingale, Dr. Arnold (being Thomas Arnold, an important Educational reformer and innovator), and General Gordon (the maverick soldier and adventurer), a work which shows the darker side of these Victorian heroes and which put Lytton Strachey into the top rank of Biographers of his era. Of the book, Bertrand Russell wrote from Brixton Prison -- where he was imprisoned for his anti-war campaigning: "It is brilliant, delicious, exquisitely civilized. I enjoyed as much as any the Gordon, which alone was quite new to me. I often laughed out loud in my cell while I was reading the book. The warder came to my cell to remind me that prison was a place of punishment." American writer Edmund Wilson stated: "Lytton Strachey's chief mission, of course, was to take down once and for all the pretensions of the Victorian age to moral superiority... neither the Americans nor the English have ever, since Eminent Victorians appeared, been able to feel quite the same about the legends that had dominated their pasts. Something had been punctured for good." A Fine copy. Fine. Item #2713

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