By John Ruskin
Edited by Edward Tyas Cook
Edited by Alexander Wedderburn
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print Publication Year:2010
Online Publication Date:November 2011
Original Publication Year:1909
Subjects: Literary texts
The influence of John Ruskin (1819–1900), both on his own time and on artistic and social developments in the twentieth century, cannot be over-stated. He changed Victorian perceptions of art, and was the main influence behind 'Gothic revival' architecture. As a social critic, he argued for the improvement of the condition of the poor, and against the increasing mechanisation of work in factories, which he believed was dull and soul-destroying. The thirty-nine volumes of the Library Edition of his works, published between 1903 and 1912, are themselves a remarkable achievement, in which his books and essays - almost all highly illustrated - are given a biographical and critical context in extended introductory essays and in the 'Minor Ruskiniana' - extracts from letters, articles and reminiscences both by and about Ruskin. This thirty-sixth volume contains Volume 1 of Ruskin's letters, covering the years 1827–1869.
THE LETTERS OF RUSKIN: 1827 TO 1869
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