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Christina Rossetti: A Literary Biography
by Jan Marsh
This, the first full-scale biography of Rossetti, reinstates her in her rightful place as a luminary among Victorian poets. Like Emily Dickinson, with whom she is often compared, Rossetti is a poet's poet who wrote some of the Victorian period's most lush, most original, and also some of its most restrained poetry. Because of the new appreciation for this highly accomplish ...more
Hardcover, 560 pages
Published December 21st 1994 by Jonathan Cape
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Oct 30, 2015 Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.) rated it it was amazing
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I have just finished reading Jan Marsh’s monumental biography of the Victorian poet, Christina Georgina Rossetti, entitled, “Christina Rossetti: A Literary Biography,” and all I can say is “Bravo!” This extremely well written biography leads the reader through Christina’s interesting and complicated family life, as well as providing significant insight into the development of her poetic craft, and the intellectual stimulus behind much of her work. Christina, born in 1830, was the youngest of fou ...more
Within this book of nearly 600 pages lies an interesting story of one of England's best female poets. Maybe even the best. But the story is lost in pages of over flowery waffle. If the book was 400 pages shorter, I would gave enjoyed it but I got bored. Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Christina's brother and founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood) and his circle usually fascinate me and the author, Gay Daley's "Pre-Raphaelite's In Love" is one of the best books written on the subject. It's a ...more
In many ways, the book provides an excellent analysis of Rossetti's life, as well as her writing. But there is a suspicion for the reader that the Freudian approach to the text at times moves beyond the "true" toward the "fanciful." If a biographer should be grounded in facts, this book often enough finds itself in the hypothetical.