Biography (Cyclopedia of World Authors, Fourth Revised Edition)
Historian George Macaulay Trevelyan (trih-VEHL-yuhn) was the third son of Sir George Otto Trevelyan, who was himself a historian and author as well as the editor of The Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay (1876) by his uncle Thomas Babington Macaulay. The younger Trevelyan was born at Stratford-on-Avon, England, on February 16, 1876. His brief autobiography relates some of the chief events of his life. From the beginning his imagination was stirred by history, and his political bias was Liberal, following in the tradition of his father and his great-uncle. It is significant that throughout his life he read poetry with pleasure. He speaks of “the poetry of history”—the idea that other persons once walked on the same ground on which the present generation walks.
Trevelyan was educated at Harrow and at Trinity College, Cambridge, and though he took up an academic career—writing, lecturing, and producing his first book, England in the Age of Wycliffe—he soon came to believe that he had to leave the college to write independent of scholastic criticism, able as he was to finance such a break. He contracted to write England Under the Stuarts as one book in a multivolume history by various authors. He married, and he soon began a three-volume study of Giuseppe Garibaldi. Other books followed, most notably his survey, History of England.
With these achievements behind him, he returned to academic life,...
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