Fors Clavigera: Letters to the Workmen and Labourers of Great Britain

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Fors Clavigera (1871-1884), Ruskin's serial 'Letters to the Workmen of Great Britain', is his most controversial and personal text. 'I neither wish to please, nor displease you; but to provoke you to think', Ruskin told his readers.Discursive, angry, and uncompromising, Fors is now seen as the most innovative and in many ways the most modern work of his later years. Interest in its extraordinary achievement has steadily expanded. Tim Hilton's biography identifies Fors Clavigera as 'Ruskin's masterpiece'. The lack of an accessible edition has obstructed the testing of Hilton's claim.This selected edition of Fors Clavigera is the first since the Library edition completed its 3-volume text (long out of print, and now often hard to find) in 1907. It provides an extensive and carefully chosen selection of the most challenging writing in Fors, including several complete letters and sequences. The densely allusive text is elucidated with full annotation, and the edition is provided with a critical in

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853311253
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2001
  • Series: Whitehouse Edition of John Ruskin Series
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.37 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Dinah Birch is Fellow and Tutor in English at the Trinity College, Oxford

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Table of Contents

General Editors' Preface
A Note on John Howard Whitehouse
List of Illustrations
Bibliographical Note
I Looking Down from Ingleborough 1
II The Great Picnic 13
IV Switches of Broom 15
V White-Thorn Blossom 23
VIII Not as the World Gives 28
XI The Abbot's Chapel 31
XII The Prince's Lesson 37
XIII Every Man His Due 54
XVIII Val Di Nievole 57
XIX Rain on the Rock 69
XX Benediction 81
XXIII The Labyrinth 95
XXIV Cradle Song 113
XXVIII Servants' Wages 131
XXIX La Douce Amie 144
XXXVI Traveller's Rest 147
XXXVII The City Which is Our Own 154
XXXVIII "Children, Have Ye Here Any Meat?" 157
XXXIX The Cart Goes Better, So 168
XLI Bernard the Happy 173
XLII Misericordia 182
XLV My Lord Delayeth His Coming The British Squire 193
XLVIII The Advent Collect 197
L Agnes' Book 210
LI Humble Bees 217
LII Vale of Lune 222
LX Stars in the East 225
LXI The Cave of Machpelah 229
LXIII Sit Splendor 234
LXVI Miracle 237
LXIX The Message of Jael-Atropos 240
LXXII The Fatherland 246
LXXV Star Law 255
LXXIX Life Guards of New Life 263
LXXX The Two Clavigerae 268
LXXXIV The Last Words of the Virgin 273
LXXXVI Let Us (All) Eat and Drink 275
LXXXVIII The Convents of St. Quentin 282
LXXXIX Whose Fault is It? 297
XCI Dust of Gold 302
XCII Ashestiel 311
XCIII Invocation 314
XCVI Rosy Vale 323
Explanatory Notes 325
Select Bibliography 379
Index 383
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