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Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey
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Lytton Strachey’s first great 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).

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QUEEN VICTORIA

By Lytton Strachey

New York Harcourt, Brace And Company, 1921

CONTENTS

I. ANTECEDENTS II. CHILDHOOD III. LORD MELBOURNE IV. MARRIAGE V. LORD PALMERSTON VI. LAST YEARS OF THE PRINCE CONSORT VII. WIDOWHOOD VIII. MR. GLADSTONE AND LORD BEACONSFIELD IX. OLD AGE X. THE END BIBLIOGRAPHY

QUEEN VICTORIA

CHAPTER I. ANTECEDENTS

I

On November 6, 1817, died the Princess Charlotte, only child of the Prince Regent, and heir to the crown of England. Her short life had hardly been a happy one. By nature impulsive, capricious, and vehement, she had always longed for liberty; and she had never possessed it. She had been brought up among violent family quarrels, had been early separated from her disreputable and eccentric mother, and handed over to the care of her disreputable and selfish father. When she was seventeen, he decided to marry her off to the Prince of Orange; she, at first, acquiesced; but, suddenly falling in love with Prince Augustus of Prussia, she determined to break off the engagement... Continue reading book >>


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