John Ruskin | Critical Essay by René Wellek

This literature criticism consists of approximately 19 pages of analysis & critique of John Ruskin.
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Critical Essay by René Wellek

SOURCE: Wellek, René. “English Criticism.” In A History of Modern Criticism: 1750-1950, Volume 3: The Age of Transition, pp. 86-149. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1965.

In the following excerpt, Wellek describes John Ruskin's literary criticism, which is based on his aesthetic theories on modern painting.

John Ruskin (1819-1900)

Ruskin seems hardly to belong to a history of literary criticism. One can of course collect his opinions on poets and writers and come up with a body of pronouncements that, not unexpectedly, reflects the taste of the early Victorian age: Shakespeare is admired for his universality and objectivity; Wordsworth for his love of nature proclaiming the glory of God; Scott, “the greatest literary man whom that age produced,”1 for his humanity, sanity, and landscape painting. Ruskin appreciated...

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