Jerome McGann, 30 March 2000
Show More Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Collected Writings edited by Jan Marsh.
Dent, 531 pp., £25, November 1999, 0 460 87875 1Show More
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Painter and Poet by Jan Marsh.
Weidenfeld, 592 pp., £25, November 1999, 0 297 81703 5Show More
“... Your fame is the colour of grass, which comes and goes, faded by the sun that drew it from the unripe earth’ (Purgatorio XI, 115-117). Dante Gabriel Rossetti did not translate that particular text, but he might have; perhaps he should have, given his cultural history. For Rossetti was, according to his age’s two most imposing critics, Ruskin and Pater, the period’s central artistic presence and leading intelligence ...”