The Letters of Christina Rossetti: Volume 1, 1843-1873

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In recent years Christina Rossetti's star has soared. Rossetti (1830-1894) has come to be considered one of the major poets—not just one of the major women poets—of the Victorian era, eclipsing her famous brother. Leading critics have demonstrated how studies of Rossetti's work, her daily life, her relationships with the Pre-Raphaelites, and her interactions with other women authors of the period can help us understand the unique cultural situation of Victorian women writers. When complete in four volumes, this ...

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Overview

In recent years Christina Rossetti's star has soared. Rossetti (1830-1894) has come to be considered one of the major poets—not just one of the major women poets—of the Victorian era, eclipsing her famous brother. Leading critics have demonstrated how studies of Rossetti's work, her daily life, her relationships with the Pre-Raphaelites, and her interactions with other women authors of the period can help us understand the unique cultural situation of Victorian women writers. When complete in four volumes, this project will make available all of Rossetti's extant letters, almost two-thirds of which have never been published.

University of Virginia Press

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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.
Library Journal
Edited by Harrison (Victorian Poets and Romantic Poems, Univ. Pr. of Virginia, 1990), Christina Rossetti's (1830-1894) letters in this volume provide insights into her literary and daily life, revealing a girl intent on becoming a poet. First published at 17, she went on to publish several more volumes of poetry and fictional works. The letters show a woman both typical and contradictory of her time: acquiescent and restrained but also somewhat apostolic in her opposition to secularism and a hedonistic world. She wrote mainly to family and friends, with other letters going to editors and publishers. This collection complements several scholarly efforts, including four biographies, that have appeared in the last two decades, but read her poetry for the soul of the woman, which is missing here. For literature collections.Robert Kelly, Fort Wayne Community Schs., Ind.
Booknews
Rossetti 1830-1894 has begun to be recognized as one of the major poets<-->not just one of the major women poets<-->of the Victorian era, making publication of her letters an important effort. When complete, the set will comprise four volumes of her extant letters, almost two-thirds of which have never been published. The first volume holds 536 letters written during a period of 30 years, most of them to her brothers whose confederation of artists, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, radically expanded her social sphere. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813916866
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Series: Victorian Literature and Culture Series
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.70 (d)

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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