John Ruskin's Correspondence with Joan Severn: Sense and Nonsense Letters

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The great Library Edition of the Works of John Ruskin spans 39 volumes and, over the course of the century, further compilations of his private diaries and letters have appeared: but the most important epistolary relationship of his later years, shared with his Scottish cousin Joan (Agnew Ruskin) Severn, has until now been entirely unpublished. These letters - more than 3,000 of them - have been challenging for Ruskin scholars to draw upon, with their baby-talk, apparent nonsense and unelaborated personal ...

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Overview

The great Library Edition of the Works of John Ruskin spans 39 volumes and, over the course of the century, further compilations of his private diaries and letters have appeared: but the most important epistolary relationship of his later years, shared with his Scottish cousin Joan (Agnew Ruskin) Severn, has until now been entirely unpublished. These letters - more than 3,000 of them - have been challenging for Ruskin scholars to draw upon, with their baby-talk, apparent nonsense and unelaborated personal references. Yet they contain important statements of Ruskins opinions on travel, on fashion, on the ideal arts and crafts home, on effective education and other questions: and Ruskin often used his letters to Severn as a substitute for his personal diary. In this important new edition, Dickinson presents an edited, annotated selection of a correspondence which, until now, has been almost inaccessible to scholars of Ruskin and of the Victorian period.

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Friends of Ruskin's Brantwood Newsletter
...if we cant make sense of Ruskins mind, we can at least take a significant step closer to understanding the sense and nonsense letters with this book.'
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905981908
  • Publisher: Maney Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/9/2009
  • Series: Legenda Main Series
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

I Relational Roles 5

II The Evolution of Baby-Talk 19

III Ruskin and Girls 33

Afterword 51

Letters

Notes on Editorial Practice 69

Letters from John Ruskin, 1864-88 72

Letters from Joan Agnew (later Severn), 1868-88 254

Appendices 273

A Idiolectical Glossary 274

B Baby-talk Names 281

C Chronology 283

D Names Identified in the Edition 287

Works Cited 293

Index 296

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