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by Lytton Strachey

This is the definitive biography of Britain’s greatest monarch, who “was hailed at once as the mother of her people and as the embodied symbol of their imperial greatness.” “One of the surpassingly beautiful prose achievements of our time” (Chicago Daily News). Index; illustrations.
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ISBN: 0156027569
ISBN13: 978-0156027564
Category: Biographies
Subcategory: Historical
Author: Lytton Strachey
Language: English
Publisher: Mariner Books; First edition (December 9, 2002)
Pages: 448 pages
ePUB size: 1576 kb
FB2 size: 1915 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 170
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Toward the end of the book, the author admits without apology that he only barely alluded to a few of the important events of the 19th century or the vital public figures of Victoria's reign. He found it more important to provide list after list of her children's godparents, which armies marched in review before her, and which monarchs and other royal figures visited or were visited. It is not until the book is more than two-thirds done, for example, that we learn that Victoria had a half-brother to whom she was allegedly devoted -- mentioned in passing on the occasion of his death!

I got this book for free, and it was worth every penny I paid.
I cannot praise this biography of Queen Victoria too much. Like all of Strachey's work, it is a gem of English prose style: sometimes mordant, often subtly sarcastic, but always spot on. He does in 100 pages what other biographers seem to fail to do in 1000 pages in capturing the essence of his subject's personality, the zeitgeist of the time in which they lived and so forth. His tongue in cheek description of Prince Albert's marital fidelity (all the while implying that he was gay and just not interested in women to begin with) is typical of Strachey's style and his wit. I say again, a real gem of English prose style and biographical art. A must read for anyone interested in English literature or the Victorian era in general.

Also, don't miss Strachey's "Eminent Victorians." Another masterpiece.
Very interesting informative book that showed a personal side to Queen Victoria of which I was unaware. She was a controlling wife and mother but dearly loved her husband. Very well written and kept my attention. Often these older books are tiresome with the excessive descriptions that you do not see in today's literature, however, it was overall a charming read.
Giles Lytton Strachey was an early 20th century writer and biographer who developed a reputation for writing biographies that dealt with individuals as people, rather than the events they were associated with. His 1921 biography of the British monarch, Queen Victoria, is a highly readable insight into this long-reigning queen.

Many public domain books can be slow to read, with language that is sometimes archaic when compared to contemporary writing. This is not the case with Strachey's work. Not only does it thoroughly cover Victoria's life from childhood to death, but it is an engaging read that explores Victoria's relationships, both personal and professional. I particularly liked reading of the love between Victoria and her husband, Albert, much of which is detailed in Victoria's journals and letters. I also enjoyed Strachey's turn of phrase and his ability to create such effective word-pictures of this fascinating monarch and her life.

If you have any interest in history or curiosity about British monarchs I think you will enjoy this book. I certainly did - far more than I expected to.
This author thought a little more of his opinion of the facts than the facts themselves. I don’t think he liked his subject much, either, nor did I when I read how she was portrayed. There’s also a big dose of annoying sexism that was more than distracting. I plan to read a more objective biography that contains more actual information, especially the period after the death of Prince Albert, whom this author obviously admires.
you hear about her all the time but do you really know who was that woman who gave her name to a long moment of history?
The book tell you everything you need to know because practically if she reigned she did not really govern. Actually it is more complicated than that.
Read the book, it is short, straight to the point, no useless details, easy to read, full of informations and really do you still want to hear all the time queen Victorian, during victoria reign etc without knowing a thing about her.
I thought this was a wonderful biography. Strachey makes you feel as if you really knew Victoria as a person, not just a queen. Description of how her relationship with Albert changed was fascinating - as well as her relationship with Lord M and other Prime Ministers. The final chapter was exceptionally beautifully written.
A fairly good portrayal of Victoria, but spent most time on the early stages of her reign. Different tenor of the relationship between Victoria and Albert than I have seen in other publications. Portions gave more detail than necessary. It left me wanting more.