Letters of John Ruskin to Charles Eliot Norton - Vol. 1

Letters of John Ruskin to Charles Eliot Norton - Vol. 1

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Letters of John Ruskin to Charles Eliot Norton - Vol. 1

Letters of John Ruskin to Charles Eliot Norton - Vol. 1

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It is with reluctance and question that I have brought myself to publish these letters. I had contemplated leaving them in such condition that, perhaps, some of them might be printed after my death. In my judgment Ruskin himself published, or permitted to be published, far too many of his letters, -- some of them, as it seemed to me, such as should never have been printed. In his later years much even of what he wrote for publication could not but cause regret to every reader of sensitive appreciation, as affording evidence of weakened faculty of judgment by its lack of self-control and becoming reticence. I had no disposition to run the risk of adding to the mass of ill-advised publications, which gave a false impression of a man not less remarkable for the essential beauty . . .

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