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Lytton Strachey /
by John Ferns.
Boston : Twayne Publishers, c1988.
133 p. : port. ; 23 cm.
0805769668 (alk. paper)
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Boston : Twayne Publishers, c1988.
0805769668 (alk. paper)
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 124-128.
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Appeared in Choice on 1989-01:
Writing about the Bloomsbury group is difficult under the best of circumstances. Very often, their intense and myriad personal relationships serve to divert their readers from the central task at hand, i.e., their writings and art per se. John Ferns is no exception. He devotes the first chapters of his study to an attempt to sort out Strachey's relationship to Dora Carrington, Virginia Woolf, Ralph Partridge, Maynard Keynes, Duncan Grant, Roger Senhouse, et al. It becomes too much, given the constraints of the Twayne series. Consequently, Ferns makes only skeletal mention of the numerous personages and their complex relationships, and the reader will be lost who comes to this text without having read Michael Holroyd's Lytton Strachey (CH, Mar '69);The Bloomsbury Group, ed. by S.P. Rosenbaum (CH, Nov '75); David Gadd's The Loving Friends (CH, Nov '75); Frances Partridge's Love in Bloomsbury (CH, Mar '82); or Leon Edel's Bloomsbury (CH, Nov '79). When Ferns addresses Strachey's works as such, however, he provides useful introductory comments for students of the period. Ferns's major contribution is in presenting Strachey as biographer (and as iconoclast), which he does in clear, understandable prose. He is eminently fair in his final appraisals of Strachey's judgments. -V. L. Radley, SUNY College at Oswego
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