Superbly edited by Mary Lutyens from the original letters discovered by her untouched in the archives, Effie Ruskin's letters home from Venice give an unparalleled view of Victorian travel and society through the eyes of a highly intelligent and lively young woman. John Ruskin took his wife to Venice for the first time in 1849, and while he worked on books that would define the Victorian aesthetic ideal, Effie explored Venice with growing freedom and independence of thought. Rightly considered a classic both of travel literature and of writing about Victorian art and the milieu where much of it was made and appreciated, 'Effie in Venice' makes a welcome return to print.
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A classic both of travel literature and of writing about Victorian art and the milieu in which it was made and appreciated. While Ruskin was writing his ground-breaking Stones of Venice, his young wife Effie was exploring Venice with a lively and independent spiritFrom the Publisher :
In 1849, and again in 1852, the celebrated art critic John Ruskin took his young wife Effie to Venice. While he was busy writing books that were to define the Victorian ideal, Effie explored Venice with growing freedom and independence of thought. Her letters home, discovered and edited by biographer Mary Lutyens, are an enchanting evocation of a special moment in the history of Venice as well as the history of art. Effie Gray was born in 1828 and married John Ruskin when she was nineteen. Their brief marriage was to end in divorce for non–consummation, but not before they had twice traveled to Venice. Effie absconded in 1850, jumping off a train, eventually marrying artist John Everett Millais. She died in 1897.
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