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The Lost Companions and John Ruskin?s Guild of St George: A Revisionary History (Anthem Nineteenth-Century Series)

Mark Frost

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ISBN 10: 1783082836 / ISBN 13: 9781783082834
Published by Anthem Press, 2014
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Title: The Lost Companions and John Ruskin?s Guild ...

Publisher: Anthem Press

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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This important work in Ruskin studies provides for the first time an authoritative study of Ruskin’s Guild of St George. It introduces new material that is important in its own right as a significant piece of social history, and as a means to re-examine Ruskin’s Guild idea of self-sufficient, co-operative agrarian communities founded on principles of artisanal (non-mechanised) labour, creativity and environmental sustainability. The remarkable story of William Graham and other Companions lost to Guild history provides a means to fundamentally transform our understanding of Ruskin’s utopianism.


‘This is an exceptionally important book which is startlingly original in its historical inquiry. The recovery of the “lost Companions” reveals a sharply different story that will have major significance for understanding Ruskin’s political work.’ ―Francis O’Gorman, University of Leeds

‘Deftly using a wide range of often unfamiliar or previously unknown sources, Frost completely rewrites the history of Ruskin’s Guild. Meticulously researched, this study recuperates the role played by early Companions in attempting to realise on the ground the fertile ideas Ruskin was articulating in his books and exposes the damaging gulf that increasingly separated the Master from his disciples.’ ―Stuart Eagles, author of ‘After Ruskin’

‘In a series of extremely well-written chapters, and using a wealth of material missed by those who have written about it previously, Mark Frost reveals the story of the Guild of St George. In the end, it is a tragic story, but a vitally important one for Ruskin studies, for Victorian studies, and for anyone interested in how the sometimes awful costs of good intentions come into being. It is a major contribution.’ ―James Spates, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York

‘The history of the Guild of St George, conceived by Ruskin in 1871 to promote education, handicraft and land use (and still flourishing today), has never been explored in depth. This absorbing book based on new research tells the story of its early years, filled with dreams, disputes and fascinating characters.’ ―Stephen Wildman, Director of the Ruskin Library and Research Centre, Lancaster University

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