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FREE ó Lytton Strachey: The New Biography ⚥ It is impossible to suppose that this Life will ever be supersededthe best literary biography to appear for many years John Rothenstein, New York Times Written with vivacity and scrupulousness Michael Holroyd has a great novelist s sense of the obstinate mystery of the human person George Steiner, The New Yorker Added 1 15 12.I did not read this book but I watched the film via streaming from Netflix adapted from the book, Lytton Strachey The New Biography by Michael Holroyd.The movie was Carrington 1995 and starred Emma Thompson Jonathan Pryce The story of the relationship between painter Dora Carrington and author Lytton Strachey in a World War One England of cottages and countryside Although platonic due to Strachey s homosexuality, the relationship was Added 1 15 12.I did not read this book but I watched the film via streaming from Netflix adapted from the book, Lytton Strachey The New Biography by Michael Holroyd.The movie was Carrington 1995 and starred Emma Thompson Jonathan Pryce The story of the relationship between painter Dora Carrington and author Lytton Strachey in a World War One England of cottages and countryside Although platonic due to Strachey s homosexuality, the relationship was nevertheless a deep and complicated one Pryce won the Best Actor Award at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival for his work in this absorbingly nuanced character study written and directed by esteemed playwright Christopher Hampton Emma Thompson was at her loveliest in this film.About the strange love relationships in the movie, critic Roger Ebert said Everyone in the Bloomsbury crowd Virginia and Leonard Woolf, Roger Fry, John Maynard Keynes, E M Forster, Clive and Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant were known for freedom, even recklessness, in their choices of romantic partners A diagram of their love affairs would look like an underground system where every train stopped at every station FROM review by James Berardinelli was excellent Excerpts The movie is historically accurate, but its focus is less on the events of the time than on the relationship between the principals Carrington is divided into six chapters, most of are named after the men who float in and out of the title character s life Of course, Strachey is there all the time, a constant supportive and loving presence In one segment, Dora loses her virginity to ardent suitor Mark Gertler Rufus Sewell In another, she marries Ralph Partridge Steven Waddington , primarily because Strachey is attracted to him This leads to a bizarre triangle where only one relationship is consummated Then there s an tryst with Partridge s best friend, Gerald Brenan Samuel West , and a later affair which results in an unwanted pregnancy FROM choreography and scenery were beautiful I just got this Years ago I read the original which was published in 1971 It was hugely controversial because it revealed what a polymorphously perverse bunch the Bloomsburies were I was completely smitten by Carrington who was surely a flower child thirty years too early Anyhow, time passed and it becameacceptable to reveal details of people s sexuality, and what with Lytton being gay and all, Holroyd dug up so much extra info that he got to the point where he knew he should rewrite h I just got this Years ago I read the original which was published in 1971 It was hugely controversial because it revealed what a polymorphously perverse bunch the Bloomsburies were I was completely smitten by Carrington who was surely a flower child thirty years too early Anyhow, time passed and it becameacceptable to reveal details of people s sexuality, and what with Lytton being gay and all, Holroyd dug up so much extra info that he got to the point where he knew he should rewrite his monster bio So he did I look forward to reacquainting myself with Lytton who is a completely endearing character One of the greatest biographies ever written.And one which only gets better and richer upon rereading.Strachey should beof an icon than he is He was one of the greatest prose stylists who ever livedandimportantly for the world at large, a proud gay man and conscientious objector when the former was a crime and the latter might as well have been.The quality that Holroyd brings out most in this book is one which I find all too rarely in biographiesa need for friendship He docum One of the greatest biographies ever written.And one which only gets better and richer upon rereading.Strachey should beof an icon than he is He was one of the greatest prose stylists who ever livedandimportantly for the world at large, a proud gay man and conscientious objector when the former was a crime and the latter might as well have been.The quality that Holroyd brings out most in this book is one which I find all too rarely in biographiesa need for friendship He documents the shifting nature of Strachey s lifelong friendships, most notably his bond with his onetime fiancee Virginia Woolf, the establishment of new ones, the breaking of old ones, and most of all, his efforts as ceaseless as his writing to keep a stable network of people he truly cared for around him.It was the antidote in some ways to his string of unhappy love affairs, but over, it spoke to a need for something human he could count on while surrounded by the uncertainties of the world As a picture of a man dealing with insecurities in a realistic way, it may never be equalled.Holroyd s research is impeccable, his own writing flawless and perfectly constructed, his use of quotation judicious, and his tone veering from witty to heartbreaking at all the right moments This was an extremely well written, well organized, enjoyable biography It s very complete, and I can not imagine it ever being superseded It was certainly not written in the style of a Strachey biography The endnotes are entertaining and necessary to the text This edition includes Holroyd s commentary on the process of preparing the biography and working with the people who knew Lytton Strachey I envy him his access to these remarkable people, including Frances Partridge, James Strachey, a This was an extremely well written, well organized, enjoyable biography It s very complete, and I can not imagine it ever being superseded It was certainly not written in the style of a Strachey biography The endnotes are entertaining and necessary to the text This edition includes Holroyd s commentary on the process of preparing the biography and working with the people who knew Lytton Strachey I envy him his access to these remarkable people, including Frances Partridge, James Strachey, and Duncan Grant But I do wish that he had commented even briefly on the film, Carrington, that purports to have been based on Holroyd s biography I recommend it for anyone with the patience to trawl through the intricacies of Bloomsbury and Lytton Strachey s eventful Byzantine life