Highly recommend this book. The text is well written and it gives a nice overview of Jane's life and the Pre-Raphaelite artists she came to know personally through the years. Photos and prints are an asset to the book.
The book was shipped promptly and in excellent condition.
Excellent (and uncommon) biography about the dark and silent odalisque of the Pre-Raphaelites, and the evolution of her character and her appearance in art and social history. Jane was an Eliza Doolittle, plucked from a lower working class background (and possibly family hardships) to be groomed into an affluent artist's muse, wife and creative partner. Mostly regarded in her time for her sphinx-like qualities, the oft quoted saying, "Still waters run deep," would undoubtedly apply to Jane. The book provides glimpses into her pragmatic temperament, her sense of humor, her private anguish over her daughter's health and her complicated relationships with Morris, Rossetti, and Blunt. Beautifully illustrated with both well known paintings of Jane, as well as artistic and family portraits and a few humorous caricatures. The only small criticism is that her letters - where one gets a stronger sense of her character - weren't published here in full.
Whether you are interested in womens studies, the pre-raphaelites, jane morris/william morris, art in general, or just interested in the time period (victorian england); you will be impressed with ms. mancoff's scholarship, research, and writing ability. Having had her as a professor as an undergraduate and graduate student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, I find her insights into this century and its characters quite refreshing in comparison to other historians. This book is such an asset to the genre!