'"Suppose it were your own father of whom you spoke": Ruskin's unto this last (1860)

FJ O'Gorman

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Jhon Ruskin's Unto this Last, through mitially repudiated, grew to be central to his public reputation as a critic of Victorian society But while its public context is well known, its private one is not This article argues that Unto this Last attends to and pays tribute to Ruskin's father, Johm James, and his business as a prosperous wine merchant with Ruskin, Telford & Domecq, suggesting that important features of the argument of the text are shaped by Ruskin's regard for John James's work The article questions the usual belief that John James disapproved of Unto this Last in a fresh context and reveals its embeddedness within the particularities of Ruskin's family life and its attentiveness to the mid-victorian wine trade
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230-247
Number of pages18
JournalThe Review of English Studies (RES)
Volume51
Issue number202
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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