The Desire of My Eyes by Wolfgang Kemp
The Life & Work of John Ruskin

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This "tour de force of analysis" (Joel Agee) examines the life and work of the prolific, visionary writer, painter and critic. Kemp finds in Ruskin's life -- which spanned the same years as Queen Victoria's and thus embodied the Victorian era itself -- a faithful mirror of the history and psychological evolution of his age.


About Wolfgang Kemp

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Wolfgang Kemp is a cultural historian at the University of Marburg, Germany.  He has taught and lectured widely in the United States.
Published August 1, 1992 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 529 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Non-fiction

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As Kemp (Art History/Univ. of Marburg, West Germany) demonstrates in this full (544 pp.) and very fine biography, Ruskin (1819-1900)—writer, artist, art historian, social prophet, educator, political economist—became for his Victoran age an icon of its range, achievements, problems, a...

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Examining the English critic alongside Byron, Carlyle, Karl Kraus and others of his time, and considering views of him given by Shaw and Proust, the author, a German art historian, contends that Ruski

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