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Effie

A Victorian Scandal--From Ruskin's Wife to Millais's Muse

by Merryn Williams Author · Rosalyn Landor Narrator

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Victorian scandals don't come much more intimate and revealing than a wife seeking an annulment from her famous husband because their marriage has not been consummated. When Effie Ruskin sought escape from her desperately unhappy life with art critic John Ruskin, she shattered the Victorian illusion of the perfect marriage. That she could then dare to hope for respectability and even happiness as the wife of artist John Everett Millais fuelled a scandal that was to reverberate around Victorian society for years to come.

Ruskin, Millais and Effie were exposed to the kind of gossip today's wannabe celebrities can only dream of. Effie was regarded as mentally ill, immoral and certainly tainted - Queen Victoria initially refused to receive her - while Ruskin was seen either as noble and virtuous or deranged and impotent. Ruskin was repelled by Effie's body; Millais used her as a model in some of his greatest paintings. Millais went on to become one of Britain s most popular painters, but the stigma of his wife's past would never be forgotten.

From the heart of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood comes a story as fascinating today as it was shocking in the 1850s.

Publication Details

Publisher:
Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Imprint:
Random House Audio
Edition:
Unabridged
Publication Date:
2015

Format

  • OverDrive MP3 Audiobook 220.7 MB
  • OverDrive Listen 220.7 MB

Merryn Williams (Author)

Merryn Williams read English at New Hall, Cambridge and obtained a doctorate for her work on Thomas Hardy. She is the author of a number of critical prose works. Formerly a lecturer at the Open University, she is now editor of The Interpreter's Ho...

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