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Lytton Strachey
(1880-1932) born on
Mar 01
English biographer, critic. He opened a new era of biographical writing by adopting an irreverent attitude to the past, especially to the volumes of Victorian biography.
         
   
F
Ignorance is the first requisite of the historian --ignorance, which simplifies and clarifies, which selects and omits, with a placid perfection unattainable by the highest art.

R
It is not the historian's business to be complimentary; it is his business to lay bare the facts of the case, as he understands them . . . dispassionately, impartially and without ulterior motives.
A
Perhaps of all the creations of man language is the most astonishing.
N
Discretion is not the better part of biography.
K
One should be just as careful about lying as about telling the truth.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Eminent Victorians, Preface," 1918.
R: "Eminent Victorians," Preface 1918.
A: "Words and Poetry"
N: In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.
K: In "Friendly Advice," ed. Jon Winokur, 1990.
   


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