Book: Paperback | 129 x 198mm | 288 pages | ISBN 9780140183504 | 29 Nov 1989 | Penguin Classics | 18 - AND UP
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.
‘The work of a great anarch, a revolutionary textbook on bourgeois society,’ - Cyril Connolly
The End of General Gordon