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Selected Letters of Leslie Stephen

Volume 1: 1864-1882

  • Editors
  • John W. Bicknell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction 1832–64

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-5
    2. John W. Bicknell
      Pages 6-10
    3. John W. Bicknell
      Pages 11-19
  3. Cambridge to Cornhill 1865–70

    1. John W. Bicknell
      Pages 21-89
  4. Cornhill to DNB 1871–82

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. John W. Bicknell
      Pages 93-161
    3. John W. Bicknell
      Pages 162-189
    4. John W. Bicknell
      Pages 190-260
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 261-284

About this book

Introduction

Since F.W. Maitland's Life and Letters of Leslie Stephen (1907), there has been no volume of the letters written by this extraordinary and eminent Victorian. Alpinist, literary critic, god-killer, editor of The Cornhill Magazine and The Dictionary of National Biography, biographer, historian of ideas, and father of Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf, Stephen corresponded with a host of men and women, including such notables as his American friends - James Russell Lowell, Justice Holmes and art historian Charles E. Norton; such contemporaries among the intelligentsia as John Morley, Henry Sidgwick, George Eliot, Robert Louis Stevenson, F.W. Maitland, and Thomas Hardy; and the members of his family - Minny, his first wife; his sister-in-law, Anny Ritchie; his son Thoby; and his best beloved second wife, Julia. In his letters, always readable, we find his enthusiasms, his ironic humour, his self-doubt and self-pity, his anguish over his retarded child Laura, his candour, his lively portraits of people and places, his delight in the young - Nessa, Ginia and Thoby, and his direct and easy style as he responds to his reader's interests and needs. This second volume follws the demanding years Stephen spent as Editor of The Dictionary of National Biography, his happy life with Julia until her death in 1895 and his continuing devotion to literature, a source of much solace in his last years.

Keywords

George Eliot Thomas Hardy Victorian era

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