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The Worlds of John Ruskin, by Kevin Jackson

The Worlds of John Ruskin, by Kevin Jackson


2nd edition

Paperback – 210 x 250 mm – 160 pages

165 colour illustrations

Ruskin is one of the most influential and exhilarating writers in English. Art critic, architectural visionary, social reformer, climate warner and incomparable teacher; Ruskin’s words not only transformed Victorian England but speak to us with increasing urgency today. This, the first general introduction to Ruskin for many years, places him in the social, economic and aesthetic world of Victorian Britain that he transformed – and shows how this transformation has much to teach us today. The extensive illustrations range from private notes and lecture diagrams to presentation drawings, including some of the most beautiful images of the nineteenth century and many never before published.

Kevin Jackson is a Visiting Professor at University College London; he has produced scores of television and radio programmes for the BBC, been the Assistant Arts Editor of The Independent, and has written over thirty books, including A Ruskin Alphabet and two comic books based on Ruskin’s essays. Pallas Athene also published his collected essays Carnal and his last book Coles to Jerusalem: A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Rev. Richard Coles.

Brilliantly introduces Ruskin to the general reader and offers insights into his continuing relevance.
Heather Birchall, Art Quarterly

Jackson’s pacy text is a masterly compression of an extraordinary life, offering at every juncture some apt historical context… among the 165 full-colour images are many outstanding and little- known masterpieces of the kind that only Ruskin’s keen eye could produce.
Stephen Wildman, Art Newspaper

A fine tribute, generously illustrated.
Sunday Telegraph

One of the most remarkable men, not only of England and our time but of all countries at all times, he was of those rare men who think with their hearts.
Leo Tolstoy

The author of the most splendid pages in our language.
Henry James

The best watercolourist of the second half of the 19th century.
Kenneth Clark

I was determined to change my life in accordance with the ideals of the book.
Gandhi, on Unto this Last

How much I admire him, listen to him, seek to understand him and to obey him.
Marcel Proust

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