Selected Letters of Leslie Stephen

Volume 1: 1864-1882

Editors: Bicknell, John W. (Ed.)

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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.

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'Professor Bicknell has done a remarkable job in presenting Stephen's letters.' - Sonya Rudikoff, American Scholar

'Overall, the Selected Letters of Leslie Stephen is a well-illustrated, valuable collection and should help inspire interest in the man whom Gillian Fenwick ranks as perhaps second only to Matthew Arnold as a Victorian man of letters.' - Barbara Quinn Schmidt, Victorian Periodicals Review

'John Bicknell's two volume edition of Selected Letters of Leslie Stephen is indispensable for all scholars interested in Virginia Woolf's life and works. Additionally, the volumes will prove essential for scholars of Victorian Studies, the history of ideas, and for cultural historians.' Jane Lilienfeld, Woolf Studies Annual

'This publication about the eminent Victorian literary critic, editor of the Cornhill Magazine and the Dictionary of National Biography, Alpinist, god-killer and father of Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woof, is a glorious job.' - Michael D. Langan, Buffalo News


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Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Selected Letters of Leslie Stephen
Book Subtitle
Volume 1: 1864-1882
Editors
  • John W. Bicknell
Copyright
1996
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-24887-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-349-24887-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 284
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