Christina Rossetti by Jan Marsh
A Writer's Life

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The first full-scale biography of the Victorian poet explains her recurrent bouts of depression following rumors of sexual abuse, traces her ties to London's literati, and discusses her place in the Pre-Raphaelite movement.
 

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Christina Georgina Rossetti was born in London on December 5, 1830. Along with being a young poet, Rossetti also became an Italian professor at King's College, University of London. Rossetti's intense devotion to religion showed in her various works, including "Uphill," her most famous work. Overall, Rossetti did not publish much, but she did submit her first volume of poetry, Goblin Market and Other Poems. Christina Georgina Rossetti died in London on December 29, 1894. Dr Jan Marsh is a recognised authority on the Pre-Raphaelite circle. Educated at Cambridge and Sussex, she lectures and broadcasts widely as well as writing biography and cultural history.
 
Published November 18, 1988 by Clarkson Potter. 59 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Though Rossetti makes a less interesting subject than the flamboyant Gabriel, Marsh delineates an appealing person while examining her adolescent nervous breakdown, abortive engagement to a lapsed Catholic painter, frustrated love for an absentminded scholar, and relationships with her devout but...

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Reclusive, melancholy poet Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) waged ``a lifelong struggle with feminist desires'' and attempted to reconcile ambition and autonomy with the Victorian ideal of womanhood, in

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Reclusive, melancholy poet Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) waged ``a lifelong struggle with feminist desires'' and attempted to reconcile ambition and autonomy with the Victorian ideal of womanhood, in Marsh's analysis.

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