ISBN: 9781848223745 • Publication: July 31, 2019
'This highly accessible compilation attempts a lighter interpretation and the dictionary format allows quick and easy access to the encyclopaedic range of topics the great man was willing to tackle. […] if you’re looking for a light-hearted approach to an almost bewildering array of topics and a diverting read, this is it.' – Henry Malt, The Artist
‘Ruskin revived, reconsidered – and lightly reimagined. Michael Glover’s entertaining approach invites us to explore the byways of Ruskin’s life and thought, without losing sight of his essential greatness. A bicentennial bonus.’ – Robert Hewison, Honorary Professor at the Ruskin Centre, Lancaster University
An Idiosyncratic Dictionary Encompassing his Passions, his Delusions and his Prophecies
Compiled by Michael Glover
DescriptionFrom Aesthete to Ziffern, Baby-Language to Verbosity, Badgers to Railway Stations: this gloriously serendipitous dictionary presents the life, times and strong opinions of John Ruskin (1819-1900) - art critic, patron, draughtsman, watercolourist, social thinker and philanthropist.
Michael Glover's delightful A-Z distills the essence of Ruskin, revealing a lighter side to the man known for his 39 volumes of ponderous prose. When off his guard, Ruskin could write pithily and amusingly, but he was also a fascinating amalgam of self-contradictions. Combining judiciously selected extracts from Ruskin's writings with the author's wittily insightful interpretations, this book is essential reading for all those curious to know what Ruskin did with a cyanometer, why he hated iron railings and the Renaissance, and how Proust's admiration of the man was tinged with distrust.