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Bookshelf: The Thousand Names

I recently read Lytton Strachey’s catty and interesting Eminent Victorians. ¬†During the fourth of his vignettes in particular, the biography of Chinese Gordon ending in Gordon’s ill-starred standoff with Her Majesty’s government and eventual martyrdom at the hands of the … Continue reading

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The First Requisite

“[I]gnorance 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.” — Lytton Strachey, Eminent Victorians

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