Faber & Faber, £17.99
The Last Pre-Raphaelite, By Fiona MacCarthy
Acclaimed for its brilliant depiction of Edward Burne-Jones within his rocky marriage, among Pre-Raphaelite colleagues and in Victorian society, this enjoyable biography has been issued as a paperback of rare quality.
The book's vivacity and splendid illustrations are on a scale appropriate to this restless, multi-faceted genius.
Irresistibly drawn to the "stunners" that he endowed with such potent sexuality and vacillating in his friendships, Burne-Jones's personality did not match his prodigious talent, which ranged from epic canvases to humorous cartoons and shoe design.
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