Lytton Strachey: The Unknown Years 1880-1910 Book Summary and Study Guide

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    Dealing with biographer Lytton Strachey's early years, Michael Holroyd describes his family as typical of the British upper class. The boy was always rather sickly, and this had an effect on his education. Instead of following the normal educational pattern of the British public school, Lytton was sent first to a school for girls and then to a supposedly advanced educational laboratory. Eventually he went to Cambridge where he came into contact with an elite group including E. M. Forster, Maynard Keynes, Bertrand Russell, and Leonard Woolfe. There he cultivated his taste for literature and an exotic life style. The volume ends as he begins to write reviews and articles for literary periodicals.
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Plot & Themes

Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   general coming of age story job/profession:    -   writer Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1600-1899

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Century:    -   18th century

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A ton 16-20 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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