The Rossettis in Wonderland

The Rossettis in Wonderland The exiled Italian poet Gabriele Rossetti arrived in London in with little money and less English But within one generation his children became his brilliant legacy The Pre Raphaelite artist Dant

  • Title: The Rossettis in Wonderland
  • Author: Dinah Roe
  • ISBN: 9781907822919
  • Page: 145
  • Format: ebook
  • The exiled Italian poet Gabriele Rossetti arrived in London in 1824 with little money and less English But within one generation his children became his brilliant legacy The Pre Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel, the poet Christina, the nun and scholar Maria and the man of letters William The lives and achievements of the Rossettis are placed in wider context.

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  • Dinah Roe

    Born and raised in Upstate New York, Dinah Roe was educated at Vassar College She is the author of Christina Rossetti s Faithful Imagination 2006 She has recently completed selecting, editing and introducing the Selected Poems of Christina Rossetti for Penguin Classics She lives and works in London.

  • 637 Comments

  • I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Scholarly, engaging, and readable, Dinah Roe's book paints an unforgettable portrait of a uniquely creative and talented family. There's Gabriele Rossetti, the exiled Italian improvisational poet who filled his home with great Italian expats--musicians, artists, and writers, and wound up becoming obsessed with an arcane symbolic interpretation of Dante.There's Frances (Polidori) Rossetti, the fiercely well-educated and artistically discriminating ex-governess with [...]


  • Considering the fame of both Gabriel and Christina Rossetti, it is difficult for many people to remember the Rossettis were a family. This book details the family, with both the parents and other siblings getting a little more stage time. This isn’t to say that they get too much. The focus is still on Gabriel and Christina. There is some about William, the son who outlived them all, but Maria doesn’t get much depth. To be fair to Roe, it seems as if would be difficult because of Maria’s li [...]


  • A stunning book on the Rossetti family history and really the first one that effectively ties the lives of the four siblings together without overprivilidging the story of one over the others. It provides an essential overview of the family influences on the writing careers of the siblings, taking into account both parents, Gabriele and Francis. The chronological format is useful for scholars the writing style is engaging as well as well documented. Highly recommended for both casual reading and [...]


  • The Rossettis in Wonderland: A Victorian Family History is a biography of the four children of Gabriele and Frances Rossetti: the cheerful, intelligent but plain Maria, the bad boy, poet and painter Dante Gabriel, the practical and hardworking but overlooked William and the melancholic poetess and deeply religious Christina. Dinah Roe's writing is clear and accessible, offering an intriguing narrative as well as a fast read. There is no obvious favouritism on display, with Roe giving her subject [...]


  • I felt unable to give five stars because the author resorts to uncritical psychogenic explanations which became quite ludicrous in places, a common problem in biography writing. Her failing to discuss William's death was also annoying. Still a very interesting and engrossing account .


  • Very well written in an accessible yet scholarly style. I thought Dinah Roe handled the relationships between the Rossetti siblings and their extended family very well. They are not easy people to like but they certainly made the most of the opportunities offered by their social class, time and contacts. It's really difficult to write a good group biography that does justice to the contrasting and strong personlities involved, but Roe manages it. I particularly felt for William, the relatively u [...]


  • Roe juggles not one but six biographies with skill and insight as she weaves together the Rossettis' stories to present the tale of the exceptionally talented Victorian family. The fascinating biographical material is enriched by notes from contemporary history and anecdotes from the family's social and intellectual peers.Seeing the poems and paintings set into the context of their creators' personal and social history allowed me to experience them with a more three-dimensional comprehension. An [...]


  • This was an excellent read, scholarly yet excess able. This is my favourite period of history and it was good to find new areas of interest.


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