John Ruskin

John Ruskin

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John Ruskin

John Ruskin

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On the publication of the first volume of Modern Painters ,Sydney Smith, the acknowledged oracle of the Edinburgh Review and of cultured society, is reported to have declared that "it was a work of transcendent talent, presented the most original views, and the most elegant and powerful language, and would work a complete revolution in the world of taste" ( Præterita, ii . 165).

And so it was. The writer of the Victorian era who poured forth the greatest mass of literature upon the greatest variety of subjects, about whom most was written in his own lifetime in Europe and in America, who in the English-speaking world left the most direct and most visible imprint of his tastes and thoughts -- was John Ruskin. For fifty years continuously he wrote, lectured, and talked about Mountains, Rivers, and Lakes; about Cathedrals and Landscapes; about Geology; about Minerals, Architecture, Painting, Sculpture, Music, Drawing, Political Economy, Education, Poetry, Literature, History, Mythology, Socialism, Theology, Morals.

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