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Stunner: The Fall and Rise of Fanny Cornforth

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The first full length biography of the muse and mistress of Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti, with details of previously unpublished letters, and recently identified portraits, and details of how this former prostitute assisted in the founding of one of America's foremost art collections.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Lulu Press (first published August 22nd 2006)
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Woofwoof
Jul 20, 2012 Woofwoof rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fanny Cornforth is probably the least known of the three women who dominated the personal and professional life of the painter, Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Elizabeth Siddal (his wife) is seen as the typical Victorian oppressed woman, a talented artist and poet in her own right, driven to an early and tragic death by her husband's lack of commitment and flighty ways. Jane Morris is the archetypal artist's muse: silent, superior, and mysterious, a keeper of many secrets and inspirer of fabulous portra ...more
Kirsten
Nov 14, 2010 Kirsten rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book thoroughly. It is quite informative and offers a proper overview of not only Fanny's life, but also of the views towards women in the Victorian period.

My only two complaints about the book are the following:

1) For a book claiming to describe the life of Fanny Cornforth, there is not much focus on Fanny herself. The author often strays from the main topic and seems to give more information about Rossetti and his other women. Though, this could be attributed to the fact that l
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Erin
There is very little to be found on Fanny, so i'm forward to this biography!
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Grace
Sep 01, 2009 Grace rated it it was amazing
I finished reading Kirsty Walker's second edition of this excellent book on Pre-Raphaelite model and muse Fanny Cornforth about a month ago, and I enjoyed it thoroughly! Kirsty is a dear friend of mine, but I honestly think that even if I had no connection to her I would have enjoyed and appreciated the way she seamlessly blends historic research and fact with an entertaining author voice that never seems to let her love for and bias toward Fanny interfere with her finding of the facts about her ...more
TheFountainPenDiva
Though Alexa Wilding has always been my favorite of the "Stunners", the life of Fanny Cornforth is just as fascinating and indicative of the plight of working-class Victorian women. This was a very interesting read.
Em
Feb 28, 2016 Em rated it did not like it
Don't bother with this book, I must agree with another reviewer that characterized this as a published thesis, and if I had given it a grade it would have been D minus.

It's not just that of all the women who modeled for Dante Gabriel Rossetti that the least is known about Fanny Cornforth, that KSW had such a difficult time with making a good book out of this, it is that KSW is not a good writer at all. There were long run-on sentences that made me want to throw this slim volume across the room.
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Moira Russell
Apr 25, 2011 Moira Russell rated it did not like it
Didn't read the Amazon.com page carefully enough - this is a Lulu.com book, which isn't enough for me to throw it out unlike with some other people, but it wasn't copyedited or apparently even proofread, there are no illustrations, no research with original sources, the analysis of paintings is very limited and there's a lot of conjecture. Suspect this is someone's doctoral thesis put online to make money? or something. Buy Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood instead, which is what I should have done.
Kate Dawson
Jan 20, 2016 Kate Dawson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Enlightening and wonderful to finally get a fuller picture of Fanny. Also thoroughly useful on a recent art history paper.
Karyn
Oh Fanny :(
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Kirsty Stonell Walker is a Victorian Studies Academic, specialising in the social history of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. She has researched the life of Fanny Cornforth for over a decade, writing articles and papers on the subject. She also incessantly writes about anything and everything. Honestly, she needs help.
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