This book is a full-scale study of the world's most famous secret society, the Cambridge "Apostles." It shows how the Apostles recruited their members, examines their intellectual preoccupations, and studies the careers of such figures as F. D. Maurice, Lytton Strachey and John Maynard Keynes by tracing the participation of the Apostles in politics, letters, and liberal reform in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The book also examines the role of liberalism, imagination, and friendship in modern life.
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"This is a rich study, immensely useful in telling us so much about 255 men who had, to a great degree, such an effect on their age and who were also so emblematic of what was best and most signigicant in the long nineteenth century." Peter Stansky, Albion
"...everyone who is interested in Victorian intellectuals will welcome this book, and read it with care and profit." Christopher Kent, Canadian Journal of History
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