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Lytton Strachey

Lyton Strachey Lytton Strachey (1880–1932), was one of the most famous writers of his time and prominent member of the Bloomsbury Set – which included other notable writers like Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes and E. M. Forster.  A pioneer of a new style of biography Lytton Strachey was the author of, among others, Landmarks, Eminent Victorians, Queen Victoria and Elizabeth and Essex.

And of course, aside from his work, Strachey was famous for his distinctive beard. On 9 May 1911, he wrote to his mother reporting:

'The chief news is that I have grown a beard! Its colour is very much admired, and it is generally considered extremely effective, though some ill-bred persons have been observed to laugh. It is a red-brown of the most approved tint, and makes me look like a French decadent poet—or something equally distinguished.'

His books, which combine a mixture of psychological insight and sympathy with irreverence and wit, are a welcome addition to the Tauris Parke Paperbacks catalogue.

Elizabeth and Essex: A Tragic History
Queen Victoria: A Life

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