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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.
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.

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.
Perhaps of all the creations of man language is the most astonishing.
Discretion is not the better part of biography.
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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