Acclaimed by Tolstoy as “one of the greatest English writers and one of the greatest writers of our age,” John Ruskin continues to enjoy widespread popularity among modern readers. In addition to his roles as art critic and patron, watercolorist, and draughtsman, Ruskin ranks among the nineteenth century’s most prominent social thinkers and philanthropists. His art criticism redefined the genre and his ideas related to politics and society, revolutionary in their day, anticipated current trends in environmentalism, sustainability, and craft.
Throughout his long and prolific careers as educator and author, Ruskin focused on the associations among nature, art, and society. This anthology features well-chosen examples of that synthesis, drawing from some of his best-known books, including Modern Painters and The Stones of Venice. Students and other readers will find this volume the perfect introduction to the Victorian sage’s voluminous works.