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The Pre-Raphaelites: From Rossetti to Ruskin

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The Pre-Raphaelites is a collection of the finest poems from the revolutionary group of artists and writers who believed passionately in the beauty of art, nature and truth.

This selection incudes ‘Jenny’, Dante Gabriel Rossetti's dramatic monologue on the intersections of the sexual commerce and artistic imagination; William Morris’s ‘Defence of Guenevere’, in which Arthur’s adulterous Queen tells her side of the story; ‘Goblin Market’ by Christina Rossetti, a dark fairytale of temptation and the redemptive power of sisterly love; as well as rarely seen works by Elizabeth Siddal, Algernon Charles Swinburne and William Allingham, among others.

Dina Roe’s introduction examines the origins of the movement, its incredible scope and diversity, and the resistance the Pre-Raphaelite poets experienced as they struggled to reshape the artistic and literary world of Victorian Britain. This edition also contains a chronology, notes and suggested further readings.


Editor: Dinah Roe

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Penguin Classics

ISBN: 9780141192406


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