No figure among the Victorians surpasses John Ruskin in magnitude of genius, modernity of message, or mastery of prose. Yet for the first half-century after his death in 1900, his genius lay largely undiscovered. First published in 1963, John D: Rosenberg's The Genius of John Ruskin aimed to make Ruskin's ideas and writings accessible to the modern, and it quickly became a classic. Long out of print, this important anthology is now available with a new foreword and an expanded and updated bibliography that takes into account recent directions in Ruskin scholarship.The Genius of John Ruskin remains the only anthology that contains substantial portions of all Ruskin's major works. Rosenberg seeks to present an authentic portrait of Ruskin by stressing the five books that most richly display the temper of his mind: Modern Painters, The Stones of Venice, Unto This Last, Fors Clavigera, and Praeterita. Rosenberg has preserved the integrity of these works by presenting them in generous selections in the order in which they were written, and the collection thus offers a valuable study of the evolution of Ruskin's thought.This volume powerfully demonstrates the range and inexhaustible vitality of Ruskin's prose and will once again become an indispensable reference for Victorianists from a range of disciplines.