The Passionate Lives of Effie Gray, John Ruskin and John Everett Millais

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"Effie Gray, a beautiful and intelligent young socialite, rattled the foundations of England{u2019}s Victorian age. Married at nineteen to John Ruskin, the leading art critic of the time, she found herself trapped in a loveless, unconsummated union after Ruskin rejected her on their wedding night. On a trip to Scotland she met John Everett Millais, Ruskin{u2019}s protégé, and fell passionately in love with him. In a daring act, Effie left Ruskin, had their marriage annulled and entered into a long, happy marriage with Millais. Suzanne Fagence Cooper has gained exclusive access to Effie{u2019}s previously unseen letters and diaries to tell the complete story of this scandalous love triangle. In Cooper{u2019}s hands, this passionate love story also becomes an important new look at the work of both Ruskin and Millais with Effie emerging as a key figure in their artistic development"--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2012, 2011
Edition: First U.S. editionfirst St. Martin's edition
ISBN: 9780312581732
Branch Call Number: 920 Co
Description: xii, 276 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits, genealogical tables ; 25 cm


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May 16, 2016

I too enjoyed reading about this fascinating woman who in some ways was "ahead of her time." It would be interesting to see the UK-produced film of this woman, I believe titled Effie Gray. The screenplay was written by well-known actor Emma Thompson.

Mar 21, 2016

I enjoyed reading this well-written biography, about life in the Victorian era. Effie certainly was not perfect but then womens' options were very limited in those times - we really have come a long way. I recommend this biography to anyone interested in art, history and/or the lives of women in past times! The DVD Effie Gray is available in the OPL but I have not viewed it yet!


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