The King of the Golden River

By John Ruskin; Iassen Ghiuselev (Illustrator)
(Simply Read Books, Hardcover, 9781894965156, 65pp.)

Publication Date: September 2005

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Description
First published in 1889, "The King of the Golden River tells the story of young Gluck, a headstrong boy with two dreadful brothers who consistently mistreat him. One day, Gluck and his brothers go off to find the Golden River's source. When they do, they discover the King of the Golden River, who teaches them how to turn the Golden River into real gold. A popular children story which went through several printings in the 19th century and was translated into several languages, "The King of the Golden River dramatizes the moral that loving money more than other human beings leads only to destruction.



About the Author
John Ruskin ( 1819 - 1900) was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, also an art patron, draughtsman, watercolourist, a prominent social thinker and philanthropist. He wrote on subjects ranging from geology to architecture, myth to ornithology, literature to education, and botany to political economy. His writing styles and literary forms were equally varied. Ruskin penned essays and treatises, poetry and lectures, travel guides and manuals, letters and even a fairy tale. The elaborate style that characterised his earliest writing on art was later superseded by a preference for plainer language designed to communicate his ideas more effectively. In all of his writing, he emphasised the connections between nature, art and society. He also made detailed sketches and paintings of rocks, plants, birds, landscapes, and architectural structures and ornamentation. He was hugely influential in the latter half of the 19th century, and up to the First World War. After a period of relative decline, his reputation has steadily improved since the 1960s with the publication of numerous academic studies of his work. Today, his ideas and concerns are widely recognised as having anticipated interest in environmentalism, sustainability and craft.

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