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on 21 August 2005
I bought this republished "Lytton Strachey by himself" after I read his wonderful collection of letters. I am afriad I did not get the same satisfaction from reading his diaries. The entries are very short and it is more of a record keeping sake than a literary practice. It lacks the brilliant imagination and superb writings of greater diarists such as Virginia Woolf or Parson Woodforde. I am expecting more new materials in this new edition rather than two essays at the end of the book. For example, the book does not include Lytton's excellent writings on "An Arabian Night" and "Curious Manuscript" (discovered in Morocco)- both of which are highly personal fragments that tell us about his life and sexuality. Thus, they should be included in this book. But sadly, a lot of the paragraphs and diary entries in this book are just a repetition of quotations from Michael Holyrod's biography of Lytton Strachey. As a avid reader of Lytton Strachey, I am willing to spend money on purchasing book about Lytton but to worth every penny and to find out more about this last Victorian Eminent, we need many more of complete (rather than a selection) and new material of his writings.
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