Biographical Summaries, Historical Backgrounds, and Annotated Bibliographical Checklists of the Literary and Artistic Stracheys (1550-2000)

Biographical Summaries, Historical Backgrounds, and Annotated Bibliographical Checklists of the Literary and Artistic Stracheys (1550-2000)

By: Samuel J. Rogal (author)Hardback

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This chronological survey of five centuries of the Strachey family's literary accomplishments reveals the social, cultural and intellectual environments in which this remarkable extended family lived and worked. For more than five centuries upon the pages of bound books, periodicals, and unpublished manuscripts, a significant number of members of the large and extended English family of Stracheys - husbands and their wives and their children - have recorded their activities and experiences in various parts of the world, as well their views and observations on world-wide historical events. They have written biographies, narratives, fiction, and political, historical, and social commentaries. They have reviewed books, drama, and music; they have edited major periodicals; they have praised the strengths and condemned the weaknesses of kings, ministers, and legislators. They have gone to war and written about their experiences; they have fled from wars and have stated their reasons for so doing. This book represents an attempt to cast varying degrees of light upon the literary and artistic activities of as many Stracheys as possible - as well as to identify the lives and works of those persons who influenced their thinking. It does not intend to heap undo praise upon the members of this family, or their works, or their motives, nor does it attempt to offer criticism (in a literary or scholarly sense) of what they have written. In the end, the writer of this book has sought to reveal the level of cultural and intellectual interest and concentration that has dominated one English family for more than five centuries. Thus, for those students and scholars who focus their attentions upon the histories of families, the name of Strachey deserves their most careful and serious attention, punctuated by further investigation and discussion.

About Author

Dr. Samuel Rogal (Emeritus) was the Chair of the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts at Illinois Valley Community College, Oglesby, Illinois. The author of many books and articles, he has published several specialized monographs on John Wesley with The Edwin Mellen Press, including John Wesley's London: A Guidebook(1988); John Wesley's Mission to Scotland, 1751-1790(1989); John Wesley in Ireland (1993); and John Wesley in Wales, 1739-1790 (1995). He also compiled a well-received reference set, the 10-volume Biographical Dictionary of 18th-Century Methodism. (The Edwin Mellen Press, 1997-2000)


Volume I: 1550-1880; 1. The Family: Toward Definition and Assessment; 2. The Stracheys: A Literary Introduction; 3. The Plan of This Work; The Pre-Victorian Stracheys; 1. Robert Strachey (1550?-1616); 2. William Strachey (1571?-1620?); 3. John Strachey (1634-1674); 4. John Strachey (1671-1743); 5. Henry Strachey (1736-1810); 6. John Strachey (1737-1818); 7. Edward Strachey (1774-1832); 8. George Strachey (1775-1849); 9. Christopher Strachey (1778?); AND MORE.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773435056
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 860
  • ID: 9780773435056
  • ISBN10: 0773435050

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