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Lytton Strachey English biographer was born in 1880 He was an openly gay member of the artistically talented Bloomsbury Group centering on Leonard and Virginia Woolf Strachey had once proposed to Virginia ne Stephen but she laughed When he was conscripted in World War I he declared himself to be a pacifist When the board asked what he would do if a Hun were raping his sister he said that he would try to interpose his body See the film Carrington to receive an interesting picture of Strachey His biography Eminent Victorians was the first major anti-Victorian iconoclastic work He was a writer but yet to publish Eminent Victorians -an iconoclastic set of satirical biographical essays which would make his name and his friends considered him the most brilliant of them all He was also homosexual The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature Collection of short biographical sketches by Lytton Strachey published in 1918 Stracheys portraits of Cardinal Manning Florence Nightingale Thomas Arnold and General Charles Chinese Gordon revolutionized English biography Until Strachey biographers had kept awestruck distance from their subjects anything short of adulation was regarded as disrespect Strachey however announced that he would write lives with a brevity which excludes everything that is redundant and nothing that is significant whether flattering to the subject or not His intensely personal sketches scandalized stuffier readers but delighted many literati Stracheys impressionistic portraits occasionally led to inaccuracy since he selected the facts he liked and had little use for politics or religion By portraying his Eminent Victorians as multifaceted flawed human beings rather than idols and by informing public knowledge with private information Strachey ushered in a new era of biography Quote Ignorance is the first requisite of the historian -- ignorance which simplifies and clarifies which selects and omits with a placid perfection unattainable by the highest art Strachey Giles Lytton 1880-1932 English essayist and biographer a profound analyst who
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