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Lytton Strachey: The Unknown Years 1880-1910
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 wi...
Lytton Strachey: The Years of Achievement, 1910-1932
This second volume of Holroyd's biography covers the period of Strachey's successful emergence as a biographer with the publication of "Eminent Victorians" and "Queen Victoria," his continued friendship with the members of the influential Bloomsbury group, especially Virginia Woolf, and his status as a conscientious objector in World War I. His financial success allowed him the freedom to travel and to set up housekeeping with Dora Carrington, a youn...