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This book contain collection of 4 books1. The King of the Golden River, or The Black Brothers 2. The Elements of Drawing, in Three Letters to Beginners 3. The Ethics of the Dust: Ten Lectures to Little Housewives on the Elements of Chrystallisation 4. The Crown of Wild Olive: Three Lectures on Work, Traffic and War About the AuthorJohn Ruskin, 1819-1900Writer on art, economics, and sociology, was born in London, the son of a wealthy wine merchant, a Scotsman. Brought up under intellectually and morally bracing Puritan influences, his education was mainly private until he went to Oxford in 1836; he remained until 1840, when a serious illness interrupted his studies, and led to a six months’ visit to Italy. On his return in 1842 he took his degree. In 1840 he had made the acquaintance of Turner, and this, together with a visit to Venice, constituted a turning point in his life.In 1843 appeared the first vol. of Modern Painters, the object of which was to insist upon the superiority in landscape of the moderns, and especially of Turner, to all the ancient masters. The earnestness and originality of the author and the splendour of the style at once called attention to the work which, however, awakened a chorus of protest from the adherents of the ancients. A second vol. appeared in 1846, the third and fourth in 1856, and the fifth in 1860. Meanwhile he had published The Seven Lamps of Architecture , The Stones of Venice (1851–53), perhaps his greatest work, Lectures on Architecture and Painting , Elements of Drawing , and Elements of Perspective . During the 17 years between the publication of the first and the last vols. of Modern Painters his views alike on religion and art had become profoundly modified, and the necessity of a radical change in the moral and intellectual attitude of the age towards religion, art, and economics in their bearing upon life and social conditions had become his ruling idea.
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