Unto This Last and Other Writings

Unto This Last and Other Writings

Introduction by: 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’ TreasuriesFrom Fors Clavigera
Letter 7: Charitas
Letter 10: The Baron’s Gate

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