The Correspondence of Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The Correspondence of Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The Formative Years, 1835-1862: Charlotte Street to Cheyne Walk. I. 1835-1854

Edited by William E. Fredeman

Hardback
$220.00

D.S.Brewer

Overview

Overview

Major edition revealing key ideas and events in the lives and work of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood and Victorian literary circles: 5,800 letters (including 2,000 previously unpublished letters) to 330 recipients.
The best of these letters, flowing rapidly from his pen, radiate charisma and enthusiasm, warmth and care for his friends, and a total engagement with art and literature. BURLINGTON MAGAZINE (Julian Treuherz)
1835-1854: This nine-volume edition will represent the definitive collection of extant Rossetti correspondence, an outstanding primary witness to the range of ideas and opinions that shaped Rossetti's art and poetry. The largest collection of Rossetti's letters ever to be published, it features all known surviving letters, a total of almost 5,800 to over 330 recipients, and includes 2,000 previously unpublished letters by Rossetti and selected letters to him. In addition to this, about 100 drawings taken from within letter texts are also reproduced. In its entirety the collection will give an invaluable and unparalleled insight into Rossetti's character and art, and will form a rich resource for students and scholars studying all aspects of his life and work. The correspondence has been transcribed from collections in sixty-four manuscript repositories, containing Rossetti's letters to his companions in the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Hunt and Stephens; friends such as Boyce and Bell Scott; his early patrons, Ellen Heaton and James Leathart; and his publisher friend, Alexander Macmillan. An additional twenty-two printed sources have also been accessed. Index; extensive annotations.WILLIAM E. FREDEMAN (1928-1999) was professor of English at the University of British Columbia from 1956-1991. His many books, articles and reviews on the Pre-Raphaelites and their followers include his important Pre-Raphaelitism: A Bibliocritical Study. He died in 1999 with this edition almost completed. An editorial committee chaired by Betty Fredeman has been formed to see it through the press.

Details

July 2002
12 black and white illustrations
464 pages
24.4x17.2 cm
ISBN: 9780859915281
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
D.S.Brewer
BIC BJ, 1DBKE, 2AB, 3JH
BISAC LCO011000, ART015000, ART016000
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The best of these letters, flowing rapidly from his pen, radiate charisma and enthusiasm, warmth and care for his friends, and a total engagement with art and literature. BURLINGTON MAGAZINE (Julian Treuherz)

The young Rossetti emerges as a distinctly more rubust and unpredictable figure than fans of the later Rossetti might expect... Rossetti is by turns earnest, skittish, stiffly formal and exuberantly scatalogical. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

Impressive volumes...edited with excellent attention to detail... Invaluable and fascinating reading. REVIEW OF THE PRS

An exemplary model of scholarship.... Brings us closer to the Pre-Raphaelites than anyone in the twenty-first century could otherwise ever imagine.... May stand as (an) exemplary monument of modern editorial scholarship. JOURNAL OF PRE-RAPHAELITE STUDIES

These handsome volumes are to be warmly welcomed by all of us interested in the Pre-Raphaelites and the Morris circle. WILLIAM MORRIS SOCIETY JOURNAL

Fredeman's knowledge of the period and careful editing separates Rossetti from what he calls the `bleak, reclusive, somnolent stereotype' portrayed by many of his biographers. ANITIQUARIES JOURNAL

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