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A John Ruskin Collection
A John Ruskin Collection

A John Ruskin Collection


260 Pages, 5.75 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $32.95 (US $32.95) (CA $43.95)

Publication Date: November 2018

ISBN 9781843681526

Rights: US & CA

Pallas Athene (Nov 2018)

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A lifetime's worth of articles on the lives of John Ruskin and those around him

Author Jim Dearden's vast knowledge of Ruskin and exceptional capacity for recollection deftly and sensitively illuminate his subjects, moving through both their emotional, intellectual and artistic lives and their everyday domestic routines in this collection of his writings on John Rusin. We are guided through Ruskin's portraits of Rose La Touche, asked to consider why he sold Turner's The Slave Ship, invited to investigate how his father, John James Ruskin, traveled to his office, or provided with a window, onto the lives of the Severn family while at Brantwood, using their drawings and sketches. Through his sensitive and precise investigations, and his tireless appetite for detail, Dearden not only helps us to understand the lives of Ruskin and his family, friends and servants, but also achieves an impressive evocation of the nature of 19th-century life. This book will captivate readers who enjoy the interweavings of a life well studied, whether they are new to Ruskin or already well immersed.


"No one has done more than James Dearden to encourage the revival of interest in Ruskin over the past fifty years. His scholarship, his bibliographical expertise, and his humane appreciation of Ruskin are all evident in this latest collection." —Robert Hewison

Author Biography

Jim Dearden has spent a lifetime working with the great legacy of John Ruskin, from his schooldays under the leading Ruskin collector, John Howard Whitehouse, to his recent, magisterial study, The Library of John Ruskin. He returned to his alma mater and became curator of the Ruskin Galleries there and he has been a dedicated Companion, Director and Master of Ruskin's Guild of St George.