Morley's authorised biography of Gladstone (1809-1898) was
published in 1903, and is a landmark of political biography. Four
times Liberal Prime Minister between 1868 and 1894, Gladstone had
left an enormous archive of letters, papers and diaries, which
Morley (1838-1923), himself a noted Liberal politician and writer,
spent five years distilling into three volumes. Although many other
biographies and editions have since been published, Morley's work
is still valuable for his use of primary sources, especially for
the earlier part of Gladstone's career. Morley avoids overt party
bias, but is understandably discreet in his treatment of more
recent political events. He also ignores more private aspects of
his subject's life and, as an agnostic, did not empathise with
Gladstone's strong religious convictions. Volume 2 covers the
period 1859-1880, during which he served as Chancellor and as Prime
Minister, and controversially disestablished the Anglican church in
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