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Introduction

This book is driven by curiosity about the relationship between late Victorian developments in the writing of Lives and the history of gender. In particular, it asks what we can learn about the conditions and limits of literary authority, especially male literary authority, from two closely connected phenomena: the professionalization of biography as exemplified in the writings of Sir Leslie Stephen, first editor of the Dictionary of National Biography, and the controversy generated by James Anthony Froude’s work on Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle.