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No figure among the Victorians surpasses John Ruskin in
magnitude of genius, modernity of message, or mastery of prose. Yet
for the first half-century after his death in 1900, his genius lay
largely undiscovered. First published in 1963, John D. Rosenberg's
The Genius of John Ruskin aimed to make Ruskin's ideas and writings
accessible to the modern reader, and it quickly became a classic.
Long out of print, this important anthology is now available with a
new foreword by Herbert F. Tucker and an expanded and updated
bibliography by the author that takes into account recent Ruskin
Born in London in 1819 as the only child of prosperous but
possessive parents, John Ruskin was a sensitive, talented and
observant boy who grew up to be the most significant anglophone art
critic and social commentator of the late nineteenth century. His
unfinished autobiography, Praeterita, was his last major work,
begun in 1885 and written in the lucid intervals from a dementia
which finally enveloped him completely until his death in 1901.
Despite the circumstances of its composition, the book is written
in the most luminous style which even the nineteenth century, that
great age of English prose, can show. Praeterita is an account of
childhood, boyhood and youth. It tells the story of Ruskin's early
years, describing the formation of his taste and intellect through
education, travels in Europe, and encounters with great works of
art and artists - most famously his father's friend, J.M.W. Turner.
All these experiences are set in the context of domestic life in
pre-Victorian England, described in exquisite detail. But
Praeterita is far more than a mere memoir.It is, to paraphrase
Wordsworth, the story of a poet's mind, belonging with comparable
works of non-fiction by Newman, Tolstoy and Henry Adams, and with
fictional accounts of childhood by Dickens, George Eliot, James and
Proust. This edition of Praeterita is accompanied by Dilecta,
Ruskin's own selection from his letters, diaries and passages from
other writings which throw further light on his memoirs.
Timeless work by one of the greatest art critics of all time begins with bare fundamentals and offers brilliant philosophical advise. "...the truth behind Ruskin's statements is always clear..."-American Artist.
Classic work by the great Victorian expresses his deepest convictions about the nature and role of architecture and its aesthetics. Timeless observations are required reading for architects, students and lovers of architecture. This authoritative edition includes reproductions of the 14 original plates of Ruskin's superb drawings of architectural details from such structures as the Doge's Palace in Venice, the Cathedral of St.-Lo, Giotto's Campanile in Florence and the Cathedral of Rouen.
""I was determined to change my life in accordance with the ideals
of the book." --Gandhi on" Unto this Last"" One of the most
influential political essays ever written, "Unto this Last "was one
of the defining texts of British socialism and reading it was a
decisive experience in the lives of Gandhi (who translated it into
Gujarati) and Martin Luther King, among many others. Ruskin's
lessons are as urgently needed today as ever, as his attack on the
greed and short-termism of unbridled capitalism, and on the pursuit
of money instead of true wealth, are every bit as inspiring and
challenging as they were when it was published 150 years ago. A new
introduction by Andrew Hill discusses the value of the essay in an
age of credit crunch. A foreword by the Master of the Guild of St.
George, Ruskin's association for social reform, sets out what
Ruskinians today can do and are doing.
Unto This Last is an important mid-19th century economic essay
written by social critic John Ruskin. Originally published in fourt
articles in the monthly journal known as Cornhill Magazine,
Ruskin's essay which was highly critical of capitalist economists
were in his own words, "very violently criticized." Although his
essay forced the publisher to stop publication of the magazine
shortly thereafter, Ruskin's essay has been republished many times
and is still considered to be a valuable work of economic thought.
Unto This Last is highly recommended for individuals who are
interested in reading an important work on social economy and also
people who enjoy the works of John Ruskin.
This collection of literature attempts to compile many of the
classic, timeless works that have stood the test of time and offer
them at a reduced, affordable price, in an attractive volume so
that everyone can enjoy them.