Jane Morris: the silent muse
How We Might Live: At Home with Jane and William Morris
by Suzanne Fagence Cooper
Quercus (RRP: £25)
Buy on Bookshop.org
Prospect receives commission when you buy a book using this page. Thank you for supporting us.
Among the sketches included in George du Maurier’s English Society at Home (1880) is a plate that appears under the heading “Refinements of Speech.” The “Fair Æsthetic” in the image—a haggard and emaciated middle-aged woman, tightly draped in what looks suspiciously like a curtain—is saying, “suddenly, and in deepest tones,” to a Mr Smith, whom she has just met: “are you Intense?”
The recipient of these eager, urgent words looks somewhat taken aback. He has evidently not fallen in with the mid-to-late 19th-century fashion for intensity—instead, he looks rather immune to the female figure’s apparent penchant for strong, violent or…
Register today to continue reading
You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.
You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.
Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.
Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.
Already a subscriber? Log in here