One of the most influential of Victorian thinkers, Ruskin had an unsatisfactory private life. He was watched over too closely by his mother in boyhood and youth at Christ Church, Oxford, where he studied 1836–42; and his wife, Euphemia Chalmers Gray, who wrote the popular The King of the Golden River, had their marriage annulled after seven years because of his impotence. In later life he was to suffer frequent bouts of mental illness.
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