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Sir Leslie Stephen

Sir Leslie Stephen

Birth
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Greater London, England
Death 22 Feb 1904 (aged 71)
Kensington, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Greater London, England
Burial Highgate, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 5618 · View Source
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Writer. Philosopher. Biographer. Born the son of Lady Jane Venn and Sir James Stephen, an undersecretary in the Colonial Office. He was educated at Eton and at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He wrote philosophical articles for Fraser's Magazine, and Fortnightly Review. A collection of such works was published in 1873 as 'Essays on Free Thinking and Plain Speaking.' From 1871 to 1882 he edited The Cornhill Magazine to which he also contributed literary criticism. He also published 'Alps, The Playground of Europe' (1871); 'History of English Thought in the Eighteenth Century '(1876); 'The English Utilitarians' (1900); and 'Science of Ethics' (1882). Most significant, however, were his contributions to the 'Dictionary of National Biography' for which he served as founding editor from 1882 to 1891, and contributed some 378 biographies. After the death of his first wife, Harriet Thackery, in 1875, he married Julia Duckworth in 1878, with whom he had four children, including artist Vanessa Bell, and writer Virginia Woolf. His name was included in the Coronation honors list of June 1902, when he was created Knight Commander of the Bath. That year, his health began a long decline, and he died at age 71.

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  • Added: 8 Jun 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5618
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sir Leslie Stephen (28 Nov 1832–22 Feb 1904), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5618, citing Highgate Cemetery (East), Highgate, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .