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Rossetti: His Life and Works (1) (Penguin Classics Waugh 01) Hardcover – 26 May 2011

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (26 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141193514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141193519
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.2 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,082,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Evelyn Waugh was born in Hampstead in 1903. His first novel, Decline and Fall, was published in 1928 and it was soon followed by: Vile Bodies (1930), Black Mischief (1932), A Handful of Dust (1934) and Scoop (1938). He travelled extensively, served in the Royal Marines and the Royal Horse Guards and continued to write, winning many prestigious literary awards. Brideshead Revisited was first published in 1945. Evelyn Waugh died in 1966.

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Evelyn Waugh published his first book, this biography of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, when he was 25. We are not given any explanation why he was so interested in a Pre-Raphaelite artist who was not popular at the time of writing, but the book clearly shows that Waugh had thought deeply about his paintings and poetry. There are many fascinating anecdotes about his life, mostly well documented, that were new to me and did not appear in the standard modern biography by Jan Marsh Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Painter And Poet: A Biography. Waugh writes elegantly as always and the book is a delight to read. It is rich in assessments of Rossetti's paintings and poetry, although some of Waugh's opinions are rather extreme. For Waugh, Rossetti's Beata Beatrix is supreme, a 'manifestation of the human spirit that transcends the material in which it is discernible...and cannot be dealt with by the workaday machinery of technical valuation...'. In contrast, a painting that many consider is one of Rossetti's most beautiful, Veronica Veronese, is dismissed as 'a charming and trivial piece of work..'. But the value of such strong opinions is that they make us reappraise paintings that we thought we knew well. It is remarkable in a book that is so frank about many things that Waugh never once discusses the nature of the relationship betwen Rossetti and Jane Morris. Was Waugh afraid to raise this issue, I wonder? This book is essential reading for lovers of Rossetti's works but it should not be considered as a scholarly biography but rather as a provocative and charming account of the life of one of England's greatest artists.
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