The Letters of Christina Rossetti: 1874-1881

The Letters of Christina Rossetti: 1874-1881

by Christina Rossetti, Christina Georgina Rossetti
     
 

The letters in this second volume "expose a woman of powerful intellect, complex emotions, unshakeable convictions, and loving heart." Rossetti, forty-three years old in 1874, is now an established poet with a strong literary reputation among her contemporaries. But, as Harrison points out in his introduction to the volume, "two thirds of her life was over, and its

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The letters in this second volume "expose a woman of powerful intellect, complex emotions, unshakeable convictions, and loving heart." Rossetti, forty-three years old in 1874, is now an established poet with a strong literary reputation among her contemporaries. But, as Harrison points out in his introduction to the volume, "two thirds of her life was over, and its losses were mounting." The marriage of William Michael, the death of her sister, Maria, Dante Gabriel's addiction to chloral and the illness that led to his death in 1882, and the deaths of close personal and family friends overshadow these years. Her own affliction with Graves' disease contributed to her becoming reclusive and a semi-invalid. She nonetheless continued to work and publish.

University of Virginia Press

Editorial Reviews

Victorian Studies

With these first two of a projected four volumes, Antony H.
Harrison's The Letters of Christina Rossetti is well on its way to providing another landmark in the reconsideration of Rossetti.... Harrison's unsurpassed knowledge of Rossetti's life and keen appreciation of her art make his notes and commentaries nearly as valuable as Rossetti's own words. The complete collection will be, as these volumes already are, an important resource for readers of Victorian poetry as well as scholars of Rossetti and the Pre-Raphaelite movement.

U. C. Knoepflmacher

At a time when the poetry of Victorian women is being freshly evaluated, this much-needed, magisterial edition of Christina Rossetti's letters sheds new light on the everyday life of a writer all too often stereotyped as a recluse and still seen by some in the shadow of her brothers.... [Harrison's] sensitive grasp of Rossetti's genius and his complete mastery of all facets of her professional and private life are wonderfully reflected in his introductions and annotations.

Booknews
The second of a four volume collection covers the years in which Victorian poet Rossetti had established a strong literary reputation but suffered a slew of personal tragedies, including the loss of siblings and the affliction of Graves' disease. Every letter from the period is contained. Letters are annotated with explanatory footnotes. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813917832
Publisher:
University of Virginia Press
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Series:
Victorian Literature and Culture Series
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Antony H. Harrison is Professor of English at North Carolina State University. He is the author of Victorian Poets and the Politics of Culture: Discourse and Ideology, Victorian Poets and Romantic Poems: Intertextuality and Ideology; Christina Rossetti in Context; and Swinburne's Medievalism: A Study in Victorian Love Poetry.

University of Virginia Press

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