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Christina Rossetti (1830 - 1894)

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  • Christina Rossetti was born in 1830 in London and educated at home. She was associated with the Pre-Raphaelites through her brother Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Her first collection, Goblin Market and Other Poems (1862) was extremely successful and this was followed by The Prince's Progress and Other Poems (1866) and A Pageant and Other Poems (1881). She also wrote a collection of verse for children and several essays about religion. After her death in 1894, her eldest brother, William, brought out a complete collection of her poetry.
       
    Praise for Christina Rossetti (1830 - 1894) 'Ballad and homily, suffused with sensuality and menace, its power derives in part from its dance of interwoven metres - and, at times, a delight in Skeltonics' 

    Michael W. Thomas, Times Literary Supplement

    'Mann seeks to place Rossetti's entire corpus within the context of her "religious seriousness" and makes an illuminating connection between her faith and the intimations of confession in her poems. One certain achievement of her poetry is that it has preserved its mysteries and kept us wondering.'

    James Antoniou, The Canberra Times

    'New Selected Poems is an excellent primer to Rossetti's work and may as well be the definitive anthology as it contains her unpublished work, which of a high standard. It also gives us 21st century folk an insight to the more rebellious side of Victorian era mentality.'

    Robert Pisani, The Bobosphere

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