John Ruskin (1819-1900)

A selective list of online articles on the English art and social critic John Ruskin, with links to reliable biographical and introductory material and signed, peer-reviewed, and scholarly literary criticism

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"Who Was John Ruskin?" Good, short overview of Ruskin's importance, from The Ruskin Museum.

"John Ruskin." Excellent essays on Ruskin's life and work, from Professor George Landow's The Victorian Web.

"John Ruskin." A short biography, from the Ruskin Research Centre, Lancaster Univ.

"John Ruskin's Teaching Collection." The diverse works of art Ruskin assembled for the Drawing School he founded at Oxford in 1871 can be viewed here in online "cabinets." From the Ashmolean Museum.

"John Ruskin Artworks." An online exhibition of some watercolors and drawings by Ruskin, from the Tate Museum.

"John Ruskin's Home at Brantwood." Former home of Ruskin in the English Lakes District, open to tourists.

"Desperate Romantics, on youtube." The BBC series from 2009 popularizing the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood includes as characters Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, and John Ruskin.

"John Ruskin." Quite old literary criticism on Ruskin, from The Cambridge History of English and American Literature (1907-21).

Advanced Studies

Landow, George. Ruskin, Oxford Univ. Press, 1985, adapted for The Victorian Web, 2000. Chapters on Ruskin's life, Ruskin the word-painter, Ruskin the interpreter of the arts, Ruskin the interpreter of society, Ruskin interpreting Ruskin.

"The Electronic Edition of John Ruskin's Modern Painters Vol. 1." The Ruskin Research Centre, Lancaster Univ.

Hunt, John Dixon. "Ut pictura poesis, the picturesque, and John Ruskin." MLN 93, 5 (Dec. 1978), pp 794-818 [jstor].

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