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Introduction

  • Graham A. MacDonald
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Abstract

This chapter reviews the mixed reception given Ruskin’s writings and on the shift in attention towards economic and social issues in the 1850s, away from his initial focus on art and the work of W.J.M. Turner. Accounts of both contemporary and later critical responses to his political thought are provided along with a brief biographical summary. The evangelical protestant influences of his disciplined upbringing are noticed and the gradual softening of this influence and the emergence of natural law ideas on his general thought is raised as a theme.

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