Elizabeth K. Helsinger is John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor, Departments of English and Art History, and the College, University of Chicago. She is the author of several previous books, including Ruskin and the Art of the Beholder and Rural Scenes and National Representation: Britain 1815-1850. She lives in Chicago.
Helsinger''s distinguished career has been pointing towards this book for a long time. Now, thank Somebody, we have it--a splendid exploration of ''aesthetic consciousness as a distinctive form of knowing, '' and of the pivotal contribution Rossetti and Morris made to the dance of intellect. --Jerome McGann, University of Virginia--Jerome McGann