Lytton Strachey



Lytton Strachey

British Writer

Giles Lytton Strachey (March 1 1880 - January 21 1932), a British writer, was born in London the eleventh of thirteen children and from 1899 to 1905 studied at Trinity College, Cambridge. From 1904 to 1914 he contributed book and drama reviews to The Spectator magazine. He joined other Cambridge graduates in the Bloomsbury group. His first major success, and his most famous achievement, was Eminent Victorians (1918), a collection of four short biographies of Victorian heroes. With a dry wit, he exposed the human failings of his subjects and what he saw as the hypocrisy at the centre of Victorian morality. This work was followed in the same style by Queen Victoria (1921).

In 1915 Strachey met Dora Carrington, a graduate of the Slade School of Art and the woman who would shortly devote herself to him for the rest of his life.

He lived with the painter Dora Carrington, who loved him, and her husband Ralph Partridge, whom he loved. Cousin to Duncan Grant.

Late in 1931 he began to decline rapidly from an illness which doctors were unable to identify. He died January 21, 1932, of what was later found to be stomach cancer. Carrington committed suicide a few weeks later, unable to live without him.

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Lytton Strachey by Himself
Emminent Victorians
Queen Victoria

Books by Lytton Strachey
  Duncan Grant
  Roger Fry
  Dora Carrington
  Virginia Woolf
  David Garnett
  Vita Sackville West
  E.M. Forster
  J.Maynard Keynes
  Clive Bell
  Monks House
  Omega Workshops
  Hogarth Press