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Stunner: The Fall and Rise of Fanny Cornforth
Stunner: The Fall and Rise of Fanny Cornforth
by Kirsty Stonell Walker
Edition: Paperback
Price: 4.94

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent biography of Fanny Cornforth, 12 Aug 2012
Stunner is the first full-length biography of Pre-Raphaelite artist's model Fanny Cornforth. Fanny has been repeatedly dismissed and overlooked by biographers and art historians since scholarship of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood began. When I first started to research the life of Elizabeth Siddal, I had definite opinions about Fanny which were mainly formed by these dismissive accounts of her. Enter Kirsty, keeper of Fanny's flame. Kirsty cares for Fanny, you can sense that through her writing. But she does not idealize. She presents Fanny openly and honestly and with a discerning eye.

While it is clear that Stonell Walker admires Fanny, she never shies away from difficult topics or moments that may not have painted Fanny in the best light, pardon the pun. Reading the book, you get the sense that the author tries her best to give a balanced account of Fanny's life and an honest, unbiased look at her relationship with Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

Stunner, in my opinion, should be regarded as an important work of Pre-Raphaelite scholarship.

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