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December 5, 2012

Rossetti’s “Aesthetics of Renunciation”

Christina Rossetti   (1830 - 1894)

Christina Rossetti (1830 – 1894)

On this day in 1830 Christina Rossetti was born. Although she was only peripherally involved with her brother’s Pre-Raphaelites, and claimed to be “content in my shady crevice,” Rossetti was not quite the “recluse, saint and renunciatory spinster” commonly portrayed. To those familiar only with her devotional or children’s verse, her classic “Goblin Market” will raise eyebrows.

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