Readers of Victorian non-fictional prose were encouraged to believe that John Ruskin had died in 1860. Not literally, but intellectually and imaginatively. This study of his later life and work, first published in 2001, aims to refresh, revise and overturn certain perceptions about the writer that many readers still hold. This title will be of interest to students of history.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Textual Note; Introduction; 1. ‘An Entirely Honest Merchant’: the Domestic Context of Unto This Last (1860) 2. ‘What I Might Myself Have Been’: Sesame and Lilies (1865) and the Occasion of Autobiography 3. ‘The Beginning of Art is in Getting Our Country Clean’: the Inaugural Lectures on Art (1870) 4. ‘Do Good Work Whether You Live or Die’: Fors Clavigera, Usefulness and the Crisis of the Commune 5. ‘Decent, Trim, as Human Dwellings Should Be’: Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelite Imagination of the 1870s 6. ‘Just the Thing for Girls - Sketching, Fine Art and So On’: Ruskin and Manliness (1870-1920) 7. ‘Oh Fast Whirling Reader’: The Bible of Amiens (1880-85), Tolerance and Autobiography; Bibliography of Works Cited; Index