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Praeterita

John Ruskin
Edited by Francis O'Gorman

10 May 2012

ISBN: 9780192802415

480 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £10.99

Praeterita is the autobiography of John Ruskin (1819-1900), art critic and social commentator and one of the most influential figures of the nineteenth century. An elegy for lost places and people, Praeterita recounts Ruskin's childhood, and his travels across Europe with passion and intimacy.

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Praeterita is the autobiography of John Ruskin (1819-1900), art critic and social commentator and one of the most influential figures of the nineteenth century. An elegy for lost places and people, Praeterita recounts Ruskin's childhood, and his travels across Europe with passion and intimacy.

  • The first major new edition of Ruskin's autobiography since 1908.
  • One of the most important and influential men of his day, in his autobiography Ruskin covers many of the topics in which he was pre-eminent: art, architecture, J. M. W. Turner, nature, politics, travel, with a fascinating account of his childhood and intellectual development.
  • Includes passages excised from the first printed editions.
  • Introduction sets the autobiography in the context of Ruskin's life in the 1880s at the time of writing and discusses its fractured nature and unique style.
  • Thorough explanatory notes provide details of Ruskin's many references and allusions.
  • Glossary of Persons Mentioned provides a gazetteer of Ruskin's social and intellectual circle and the first proper update of his family history since 1956.
  • Index.

About the Author(s)

John Ruskin

Edited by Francis O'Gorman, Professor of Victorian Literature, University of Leeds

Francis O'Gorman has published widely on Ruskin, including Ruskin and Gender, co-ed. Dinah Birch (Palgrave, 2002). He has edited and contributed to Blackwell's Critical Guide to the Victorian Novel (2002) and the Concise Companion to the Victorian Novel (Blackwell, 2004). He is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Culture.

Reviews

"a valuable addition to Ruskin studies ... Francis O'Gorman is a sensitive, intelligent and eloquent guide to Praeterita ... detailed and helpful endnotes." - The Companion

"The editing and annotation are exemplary" - Jan Marsh, Times Literary Supplement

"Thanks to O'Gorman, the experience of reading Praeterita has achieved luminous transparency, and it is to be hoped that his new, very finely edited edition finds its way on to book shelves and into syllabuses ... O'Gorman's introduction deserves special praise ... The explanatory notes provide essential guidance and clarification, especially for the neophyte reader of Ruskin." - Carlyle Studies Annual

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