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Unto This Last

by John Ruskin

Unto This Last is an essay on economy by John Ruskin, critical of the 18th and 19th century capitalist economists. When first published as four magazine articles in 1860 they were, in the words of Ruskin himself,...

King of the Golden River

by John Ruskin & Jr. William B. Jones

The King of the Golden River tells the story of young Gluck, a willful boy with two greedy brothers who constantly mistreat him. Gluck's kind heart and willingness to help a stranger lead him to the river of...


by John Ruskin


As a memoir elevated to the level of fine art, John Ruskin’s Praeterita stands alongside The Education of Henry Adams and the confessions of Augustine, Rousseau, and Tolstoy. A luminous account of his childhood...

Selections and Essays

by John Ruskin & Frederick William Roe

Excerpts from some of the Victorian critic and sage's best-known books, including Modern Painters and The Stones of Venice, on the subjects he held most dear: nature, art, and society.

The Elements of Drawing

by John Ruskin

Timeless work by one of the greatest art critics of all time begins with bare fundamentals and offers brilliant philosophical advice. " . . . the truth behind Ruskin's statements is always clear." — American...

The Seven Lamps of Architecture

by John Ruskin

Classic work by great Victorian expresses his deepest convictions of the nature and role of architecture and its aesthetics. Authoritative edition includes reproductions of 14 plates of Ruskin's architectural...

The King of the Golden River - Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

by John Ruskin

Pook Press celebrates the great Golden Age of Illustration in children's literature. Many of the earliest children's books, particularly those dating back to the 1850s and before, are now extremely scarce and...

The Queen of the Air

by John Ruskin

Influential English art and culture critic John Ruskin turns his focus to ancient myth in this compelling volume. Containing the complete texts of three of Ruskin's lectures, the critic's lyrical prose and keen...

On Art and Life

by John Ruskin

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA.

On Reading

by John Ruskin, Marcel Proust & Eric Karpeles

"To understand a profound thought is to have, at the moment one understands it, a profound thought oneself; and this demands some effort, a genuine descent to the heart of oneself . . . Only desire and love...

A Joy Forever

by John Ruskin

The title of this book,—or, more accurately, of its subject;—for no author was ever less likely than I have lately become, to hope for perennial pleasure to his readers from what has cost himself the most...

Unto This Last

by John Ruskin

The greater part of the following treatise remains in the exact form in which it was read at Manchester; but the more familiar passages of it, which were trusted to extempore delivery, have been since written...

The Ethics of the Dust

by John Ruskin

The following lectures were really given, in substance, at a girls' school (far in the country); which, in the course of various experiments on the possibility of introducing some better practice of drawing...

Lectures on Architecture and Painting

by John Ruskin

The following Lectures are printed, as far as possible, just as they were delivered. Here and there a sentence which seemed obscure has been mended, and the passages which had not been previously written, have...

Lectures on Art

by John Ruskin

The following lectures were the most important piece of my literary work done with unabated power, best motive, and happiest concurrence of circumstance. They were written and delivered while my mother yet lived,...

The Two Paths

by John Ruskin

The following addresses, though spoken at different times, are intentionally connected in subject; their aim being to set one or two main principles of art in simple light before the general student, and to...

Sesame and Lilies

by John Ruskin

My first duty this evening is to ask your pardon for the ambiguity of title under which the subject of lecture has been announced: for indeed I am not going to talk of kings, known as regnant, nor of treasuries,...

Modern Painters, Volume I

by John Ruskin

The work now laid before the public originated in indignation at the shallow and false criticism of the periodicals of the day on the works of the great living artist to whom it principally refers. It was intended...

The Seven Lamps of Architecture

by John Ruskin

Some years ago, in conversation with an artist whose works, perhaps, alone, in the present day, unite perfection of drawing with resplendence of color, the writer made some inquiry respecting the general means...

The Poetry of Architecture

by John Ruskin

The Science of Architecture, followed out to its full extent, is one of the noblest of those which have reference only to the creations of human minds. It is not merely a science of the rule and compass, it...