Frank Kermode, 6 December 1984
Show More Frederic Harrison: The Vocations of a Positivist by Martha Vogeler.
Oxford, 493 pp., £27.50, September 1984, 0 19 824733 8Show More
Leslie Stephen: The Godless Victorian by Noël Annan.
Weidenfeld, 432 pp., £16.50, September 1984, 0 297 78369 6Show More
“... coaching the boat, being a don. His real work lay elsewhere. So, indeed, did Harrison’s. Ms Vogeler’s biography is the first, and it is hard to imagine a reason for its not being the last. It is full of detail and documentation and it is very well written. Whereas Annan’s Stephen is at once censorious and intimate, very much at ease with a figure ...”