Selected Writings by John Ruskin

Selected Writings

byJohn RuskinEditorDinah Birch

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'To be taught to write or to speak - but what is the use of speaking, if you have nothing to say? To be taught to think - nay, what is the use of being able to think, if you have nothing to think of? But to be taught to see is to gain word and thought at once, and both true.'Ruskin was the most powerful and influential critic of the nineteenth century. He wrote about nature, art, architecture, politics, history, myth, and much besides; all his work is characterized by a clarity of vision as unsettling and intense now as it was for his first readers. This new selectiondraws on the whole range of his astonishingly varied output, from the passionate celebration of J. M. W. Turner's painting in the first volume of Modern Painters (1843) to Praeterita (1885-9), the elegiac autobiography of his later years. The introduction outlines Ruskin's life and thought, andshows why he remains such a rewarding writer today.

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Dinah Birch has published widely on nineteenth-century literature, and has edited George Eliot's Middlemarch for OWC. Her books on Ruskin include Ruskin's Myths (1988), Ruskin on Turner (1990), a selection from Ruskin's Fors Clavigera (2000), and edited collections of essays: uskin and the Dawn of the Modern (1999), and Ruskin and Ge...
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Title:Selected WritingsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.63 inPublished:April 26, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199539243

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Table of Contents

Modern PaintersThe Seven Lamps of ArchitectureThe Stones of VeniceUnto this LastSesame and LiliesThe Queen of the AirLectures on ArtFors ClavigeraThe Eagle's NestProserpinaFiction, Fair and FoulThe Storm-Cloud of the Nineteenth CenturyPraeterita