The first book to offer selections of Christina Rossetti's fiction, non-fiction, and devotional prose in one volume.
Library JournalKnown as a poet, Rossetti (1830-94) also wrote prose, primarily short fiction and devotional works. Here the editors, Dent (Centennial Coll., Toronto) and Stanwood (Univ. of British Columbia), collect a selection of her fiction, nonfiction, and devotional writing for the first time. In her children's story, Speaking Likeness (1874), Rossetti copied Lewis Carroll's Alice style, satirizing Victorian attitudes while hoping for commercial success. However, her fiction, on the whole, received mixed reviews. This undoubtedly moved Rossetti's writing toward devotional prose, and the six volumes that resulted are invaluable for an increased understanding of her religious poetry. Although Rossetti's religiosity was traditionally conservative, her writing reveals a feminism--although a shaky one--that challenged the Victorian patriarchal system. This anthology offers Rossetti's devotees an opportunity to know more about what informed her writing and, more particularly, her poetry. Recommended for public and academic libraries.--Robert L. Kelly, Fort Wayne Community Schs., IN
BooknewsA selection of prose by the well known British poet Rossetti (1830-94) intended to be representative of her prose during her entire career. Includes fiction, moral tales, stories for children, articles on literary figures such as Petrarch and Dante, but above all the devotional works that were her main prose output. Most of the selections are excerpts, but some are complete. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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