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Rossetti: Painter and Poet Hardcover – October 11, 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711232253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711232259
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 10.4 x 12.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,381,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A richly illustrated and an enjoyable, fluent read, revealing poignantly Rossetti's mission to transcend the division between body and soul and, through the visionary power of art, reconcile what he saw as elements fundamental to human experience. This is an important new contribution to Rossetti scholarship. Good Book Guide Of particular interest to those interested in 19th century British art and literature...highly recommended. CHOICE Although the book devotes much attention to biographical narrative, its real originality lies not in the treatment of the life, but in the account of the transmutation of the life into art Burlington Magazine 'Rossetti is a hugely enjoyable, readable and informative account of both the life and art of one of the Victorian period's major artists, and is a magnificent achievement on the part of J.B. Bullen... If it is not quite a catalogue raisonee of absolutely every work Rossetti drew or painted, it is the next best thing. The chronological presentation of Rossetti's art interwoven with an account of his life has never been done before so extensively or so well. By the end you will understand both differently.' Journal of William Morris Studies

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J. B. Bullen is a Professor Emeritus University of Reading, where he has taught and lectured on English Literature and Art History for more than twenty-five years. The author of several books and articles, his other title for Frances Lincoln is Rossetti (9780711232259).

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. D. Smith on December 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Do we need yet another book on Dante Gabriel Rossetti? When the book is as good as this one, the answer is certainly `Yes'. An artist as complex as Rossetti needs many different interpreters, ranging from his brother William, through Evelyn Waugh Rossetti: His Life and Works. Evelyn Waugh (Penguin Classics Waugh 01), to the account of his development as an artist by Treuherz, Prettejohn & Becker Dante Gabriel Rossetti, to the monumental biography by Jan Marsh, to the account of his paintings by Faxon Dante Gabriel Rossetti - and now we have an insightful psychological analysis by Bullen. Bullen's book has a title almost identical to that by Marsh and both writers discuss Rossetti's poetry as well as his paintings. While Marsh is scholarly and detailed, Bullen is more selective in his quotations from the poems, because he has an underlying theme: "The driving force of Rossetti's imaginative experience was erotic desire and the part that desire played in his life, where the women of his paintings and poetry were the means through which he expressed desire." This strong statement in the Introduction is worked out skilfully and sensitively in the rest of the book. Extracts from the poetry are introduced at just the right moment to illustrate the development of Rossetti's understanding of the "structure of the emotional life, an anatomy of desire."
The book is extremely well written and indeed the story is so compelling that it was hard to put the book down.
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