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Leslie Stephen

(1832—1904) author, literary critic, and first editor of the Dictionary of National Biography


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(1832–1904)

English man of letters and first editor of the Dictionary of National Biography. Stephen's main philosophical work was his Science of Ethics (1882), an evolutionary ethics, but he also wrote extensively in the history of ideas, including History of English Thought in the Eighteenth Century (1876) and English Utilitarianism (1900). He was the father of Virginia Woolf, who portrayed him as Mr Ramsey in To the Lighthouse.

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