Learning Not to Be First: The Life of Christina Rossetti.
St. Martin's Press, New York, 1992) Ist U.S. edition.. 252 pp. 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs, reproductions. ISBN 0312070179 "(E)xamines Christina Rossetti's life alongside those of of other nineteenth-century women writers - notably Emily Bronte, Elizabeth Barrett Brown ing, and Emily Dickinson. (She) was the youngest of four children, born in England to Italian parents. Although she and her brother, Dante Gabriel, were known as the 'two storms', Christina's passionate nature was curbed in a way that her broth e r ' s was not, as she submitted to the social and religious pressures that lay so heavily on Victorian women. Like E.B.B. Christina suffered the tyranny of a loving family. Her sister Maria's influence was described as 'a species of police surv ei ll an ce', and Christina was always careful never to write anything that would hurt her mother. As her personal life became increasingly tragic, her output of religious poetry grew. Her desire for both poetic and moral excellence kept her conti nua lly in conflict, a struggle whose corrosive effects deeply affected her writing. (Her) deliberate self-effacement, Dante Gabriel's portrayal of her as the meek virgin, and William Rossetti's role as editor and interpreter of her work have gra dual ly b lott ed out the passionate, lively spirit who wrote with such simplicity and power. (The author's) fascinating work finally strips away the shadows of Christina's life to reveal her true self." Varying levels of sun fading to spine, top/ botto m edg es & top 1 1/2" of rear board; tiny printers ink mark in margin of pages 4 & 5. Dust jacket has very light edge wear - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. Good/Very Good.
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Keywords: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Pre-Raphaelites, Goblin Market, Charles Cayley, Emily Bronte, Charlotte, Mackenzie Bell, Ford Madox Brown, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, James Collinson, Dickinson, Siddal, Algernon Swinburne, W.B. Scott, John Ruskin, Holman Hu