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Geoffrey Faber
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Benjamin Jowett (1817-1893) , pronounced to rhyme with ‘know it’, although never debunked as such by Lytton Strachey was nothing if not an Eminent Victorian: English scholar, classicist and theologian, and Master of Balliol College.

First published in 1957, Geoffrey Faber’s biography still holds its own. To quote from some of the original reviews:

‘Sir Geoffrey Faber is admirably equipped for his task … In an urbane prose he reveals intimacy with the background, command of detail, psychological acumen and sympathy with his subject. I hope that this long book may prove as popular as his ”Oxford Apostles” to which it forms a complement’. Raymond Mortimer, Sunday Times

‘ … this fine biography … filled with some fascinating by-paths of Oxford history, but never losing sight of the strange, imperious bachelor who forms its theme … Sir Geoffrey places all serious students of the Victorian age deeply in his debt’. Roger Fulford, Manchester Guardian


Sir Geoffrey Faber (1889 – 1961) was the chairman, first of Faber and Gwyer Ltd., and then from 1929 until his retirement in 1960, Faber & Faber Ltd. He became a prominent figure in the world of publishing and as President of the Publishers’ Association fought a successful campaign in 1940 to prevent taxation on books. Books were made exempt…

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