Unto This Last and Other Writings

Unto This Last and Other Writings

Editor/introduction: Clive Wilmer
Notes by: Clive Wilmer

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140432114
  • 368 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


The most influential art theorist and critic of his age, an outstanding man of letters, a sensitive painter and draughtsman, Ruskin’s social criticism shocked and angered the establishment and many of his admirers.

First and foremost an outcry against injustice and inhumanity, Unto this Last is also a closely argued assault on the science of political economy, which dominated the Victorian period. Ruskin was a profoundly conservative man who looked back to the Middle Ages as a Utopia, yet his ideas had a considerable influence on the British socialist movement. And in making his powerful moral and aesthetic case against the dangers of unhindered industrialization he was strangely prophetic. This volume shows the astounding range and depth of Ruskin’s work, and in an illuminating introduction the editor reveals the consistency of Ruskin’s philosophy and his adamant belief that questions of economics, art and science could not be separated from questions of morality. In Ruskin’s words, ‘There is no Wealth but Life.’

Table of Contents

Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Clive Wilmer

Further Reading

The King of the Golden River

From The Stones of Venice, Volume II
The Nature of Gothic

From The Two Paths
The Work of Iron, in Nature, Art, and Policy

From Modern Painters, Volume V
The Two Boyhoods

Unto This Last
Essay I: The Roots of Honour
Essay II: The Veins of Wealth
Essay III: Qui Judicatis Terram
Essay IV: Ad Valorem

From The Crown of Wild Olive

From Sesame and Lilies
Of Kings’ Treasuries

From Fors Clavigera
Letter 7: Charitas
Letter 10: The Baron’s Gate


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