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Art and Forbidden Fruit: Hidden Passion in the Life of William Morris

 
 
Author
John Y. Le Bourgeois.
Publisher Lutterworth  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9.15 x 6.2 x 0.35 inches
ISBN 9780718830595
Pages/Publication Date 139/2006
Daedalus Item Code 52445
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One of the most admired creative figures of the Victorian era, William Morris is often portrayed by scholars as something of a domestic victim, bound by love and inspiration to his free-spirited, adulterous wife Jane Burden, who preferred the company of fellow artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti. In this companion volume to the many biographies of Morris, John Le Bourgeois illuminates Morris's life through a close reading of his works—particularly his poetry, which reveals an early emotional attachment between Morris and his older sister Emma. Le Bourgeois argues that she was Morris's primary inspiration, and links Morris's love for his sister to his evolution as an artist, while showing where previous biographers have overlooked or misinterpreted the evidence.

"A radical reinterpretation of the marriage between William Morris and Jane Burden, whose adulterous relationship to Dante Gabriel Rossetti always has been mediated for us by his poems and paintings devoted to her. Le Bourgeois convincingly suggests that Morris himself was culpable, because of his repressed passions for his sister Emma. Le Bourgeois's book is responsible and poignant, and has altered my understanding of this tangled web."—Harold Bloom

 
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