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John Ruskin

Author, Illustrator

(1819 - 1900)

John Ruskin

The only child of an English importer of wine and sherry, Ruskin was an artist, critic, scientist and social theorist. He wrote widely on art, science and society. The King of the Golden River was his only children’s book.


Dame Wiggins of Lee and Her Seven Wonderful Cats (1885)

A humorous poem first published in 1823 with additional verses by Ruskin and four additional illustrations by Greenaway.

Read the original with colored illustrations at

And the augmented version.

Author(s): Mrs. Pearson
John Ruskin
R. S. Sharpe
Illustrator(s): Anonymous
Kate Greenaway

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The King of the Golden River (1932)

The story of Gluck and his two evil brothers.

Author(s): John Ruskin
Illustrator(s): Arthur Rackham

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