Rupert Christiansen

Relative Values

William and Lucy: The Other Rossettis


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BIOGRAPHERS HAVE BEEN trawling the waters of the Victorian era so exhaustively over the last thirty years – not a parlour-maid’s diary left unexamined – that it is faintly astonishing to discover two splendid specimens, swimming in familiar shoals, whom nobody seems to have netted. Their names are William Michael Rossetti and Lucy Madox Brown.

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