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The Life of John Ruskin   By: (1854-1932)

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THE LIFE OF JOHN RUSKIN

by

W. G. COLLINGWOOD M.A., F.S.A., Late Professor of Fine Art, University College, Reading

1911

PREFACE TO THE SEVENTH EDITION

This book in its first form was written nearly twenty years ago with the intention of contributing a volume to a series of University Extension Manuals. For that purpose it included a sketch of Ruskin's "Work," with some attempt to describe the continuous development of his thought. It had the advantage and the disadvantage of being written under his eye; that is to say, he saw as much of it as his health allowed; and it received his general approval.

To explain my venturing upon the subject at all, I may perhaps be allowed to state that I became his pupil in 1872 (having seen him earlier), and continued to be in some relation to him as visitor, resident assistant, or near neighbour until his death.

After his death the biographical part of my book was enlarged at the expense of the description of his writings; and in revising once more I have thrown out much relating to his works, chiefly because they are now accessible as they were not formerly.

W.G.C.

CONISTON, May 1911

CONTENTS

BOOK I

THE BOY POET (1819 1842)

CHAPTER I. HIS ANCESTORS II. THE FATHER OF THE MAN (1819 1825) III. PERFERVIDUM INGENIUM (1826 1830) IV. MOUNTAIN WORSHIP (1830 1835) V. THE GERM OF "MODERN PAINTERS" (1836) VI. A LOVE STORY (1836 1839) VII. "KATA PHUSIN" (1837 1838) VIII. SIR ROGER NEWDIGATE'S PRIZE (1837 1839) IX. "THE BROKEN CHAIN" (1840 1841) X. THE GRADUATE OF OXFORD (1841 1842)

BOOK II

THE ART CRITIC (1842 1860)

I. "TURNER AND THE ANCIENTS" (1842 1844) II. CHRISTIAN ART (1845 1847) III. "THE SEVEN LAMPS" (1847 1849) IV. "STONES OF VENICE" (1849 1851) V. PRE RAPHAELITISM (1851 1853) VI. THE EDINBURGH LECTURES (1853 1854) VII. THE WORKING MEN'S COLLEGE (1854 1855) VIII. "MODERN PAINTERS" CONTINUED (1855 1856) IX. "THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF ART" (1857 1858) X. "MODERN PAINTERS" CONCLUDED (1858 1860)

BOOK III

HERMIT AND HERETIC (1860 1870)

CHAPTER

I. "UNTO THIS LAST" (1860 1861) II. "MUNERA PULVERIS" (1862) III. THE LIMESTONE ALPS (1863) IV. "SESAME AND LILIES" (1864) V. "ETHICS OF THE DUST" (1865) VI. "THE CROWN OF WILD OLIVE" (1865 1866) VII. "TIME AND TIDE" (1867) VIII. AGATES, AND ABBEVILLE (1868) IX. "THE QUEEN OF THE AIR" (1869) X. VERONA AND OXFORD (1869 1870)

BOOK IV

PROFESSOR AND PROPHET (1870 1900)

I. FIRST OXFORD LECTURES (1870 1871) II. "FORS" BEGUN (1871 1872) III. OXFORD TEACHING (1872 1875) IV. ST. GEORGE AND ST. MARK (1875 1877) V. "DEUCALION" AND "PROSERPINA" (1877 1879) VI. THE DIVERSIONS OF BRANTWOOD (1879 1881) VII. "FORS" RESUMED (1880 1881) VIII. THE RECALL TO OXFORD (1882 1883) IX. THE STORM CLOUD (1884 1888) X. DATUR HORA QUIETI (1889 1900)

THE LIFE OF JOHN RUSKIN

BOOK I

THE BOY POET (1819 1842)

THE LIFE OF JOHN RUSKIN

CHAPTER I

HIS ANCESTORS

If origin, if early training and habits of life, if tastes, and character, and associations, fix a man's nationality, then John Ruskin must be reckoned a Scotsman. He was born in London, but his family was from Scotland. He was brought up in England, but the friends and teachers, the standards and influences of his early life, were chiefly Scottish. The writers who directed him into the main lines of his thought and work were Scotsmen from Sir Walter and Lord Lindsay and Principal Forbes to the master of his later studies of men and the means of life, Thomas Carlyle. The religious instinct so conspicuous in him was a heritage from Scotland; thence the combination of shrewd common sense and romantic sentiment; the oscillation between levity and dignity, from caustic jest to tender earnest; the restlessness, the fervour, the impetuosity all these are the tokens of a Scotsman of parts, and were highly developed in John Ruskin.

In the days of auld lang syne the Rhynns of Galloway that hammer headed promontory of Scotland which looks towards Belfast Lough was the home of two great families, the Agnews and the Adairs... Continue reading book >>




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