Selected Prose Of Christina Rossetti

Overview

Christina Rossetti is one of the best known and loved of Victorian poets, yet only recently has she emerged from comparative critical obscurity. This is partly due to a late 20th-century rediscovery of women writers and partly because of a renewed interest in Victorian culture. Although Rossetti?s poetry is readily available, her prose works have remained largely ignored. Selected Prose of Christina Rossetti is the first book to address this deficiency by making accessible reliable texts illustrative of all her ...

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Overview

Christina Rossetti is one of the best known and loved of Victorian poets, yet only recently has she emerged from comparative critical obscurity. This is partly due to a late 20th-century rediscovery of women writers and partly because of a renewed interest in Victorian culture. Although Rossetti’s poetry is readily available, her prose works have remained largely ignored. Selected Prose of Christina Rossetti is the first book to address this deficiency by making accessible reliable texts illustrative of all her prose. The editors have collected selections of Rossetti’s prose in its three modes: fiction, non-fiction, and devotional. Rossetti wrote prose all her life, beginning with fiction, and continued with moral tales, stories for children, and thoughtful articles on such literary figures as Petrarch, Dante, and Leopardi. But above all else, she wrote devotional books. She wrote six religious works, first the brief Annus Domini and lastly the massive work on the Apocalypse, The Face of the Deep, published shortly before her death. This groundbreaking anthology helps to reveal Rossetti’s deep personal faith while also illuminating nineteenth-century religious thought and spirituality.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Known 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
Booknews
A 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312159030
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/1/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

David A. Kent teaches at Centennial College in Toronto. He edited The Achievement of Christina Rossetti and Christian Poetry in Canada.

P. G. Stanwood is Professor of English at the University of British Columbia. He edited John Cosin’s A Collection of Private Devotions and Henry More’s Democritus Platonissans.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
• Introduction
• List of Abbreviations
Part I: Fiction
Maude
• From Commonplace, and Other Short Stories: "Commonplace," "The Lost Titian," "Nick," "Pros and Cons"
Speaking Likenesses
• From The Dawn of the Day : "Two Sketches"
• Notes
Part II: Miscellaneous Prose
• Selections from the Imperial Dictionary of Universal Biography: "Leopardi" and "Petrarch"
• From Churchman’s Shilling Magazine: "Dante: An English Classic"
• From Century Magazine: "Dante: The Poet Illustrated out of the Poem"
• "The House of Dante Gabriel Rossetti"
• Notes Part III: Devotional Prose
• From Annus Domini
• From Seek and Find
• From Called to be Saints
• From Letter and Spirit
• From Time Flies
• From The Face of the Deep
• Notes
• Select Bibliography
• Index

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