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Christina Rossetti: A Literary Biography

by Jan Marsh

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Jan Marsh is a reliable biographer of the Pre-Raphaelite Circle. Excellent coverage and commentary on the poetic works of Christina. This book brings the poet, her limited world, her family and her inner problems to life. Enlightening, sensistive sequences exploring the possibility of teenage incest. The book illuminates what would now be 'women's rights' issues, and in particular victorian paternalism. ( )
  Bat | Oct 15, 2007 |
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'Although never formally part of the Pre-Raphaelite poetic school, which included her brother Gabriel, William Morris, and Algernon Swinburne, Christina Rossetti has always been linked to it. [Jan Marsh] gives full attention to both the individual and her unique variety of fantastic and devotional poetry... Marsh delineates an appealing person while examining her adolescent nervous breakdown, abortive engagement to a lapsed Catholic painter, frustrated love for an absentminded scholar, and relationships with her devout but hearty sister, Maria, and with her brothers... The author's steady, sympathetic course through Rossetti's divided life enables readers to delve into the intense and original self most fully expressed in her poetry.' Kirkus Review… (more)

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