Rita Cameron. A READING GROUP GUIDE OPHELIA'S MUSE Rita Cameron
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Author: Rita Cameron
Publisher: Kensington Books
"I'll never want to draw anyone else but you. You are my muse. Without you there is no art in me." With her pale, luminous skin and cloud of copper-colored hair, nineteen-year-old Lizzie Siddal looks nothing like the rosy-cheeked ideal of Victorian beauty. Working in a London milliner's shop, Lizzie stitches elegant bonnets destined for wealthier young women, until a chance meeting brings her to the attention of painter and poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Enchanted both by her ethereal appearance and her artistic ambitions--quite out of place for a shop girl--Rossetti draws her into his glittering world of salons and bohemian soirees. Lizzie begins to sit for some of the most celebrated members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, posing for John Everett Millais as Shakespeare's Ophelia, for William Holman Hunt--and especially for Rossetti, who immortalizes her in countless paintings as his namesake's beloved Beatrice. The passionate visions Rossetti creates on canvas are echoed in their intense affair. But while Lizzie strives to establish herself as a painter and poet in her own right, betrayal, illness, and addiction leave her struggling to save her marriage and her sense of self. Rita Cameron weaves historical figures and vivid details into a complex, unconventional love story, giving voice to one of the most influential yet overlooked figures of a fascinating era--a woman who is both artist and inspiration, long gazed upon, but until now, never fully seen. An excerpt from Ophelia’s Muse Rossetti stood behind the canvas, pretending to study Deverell's painting while he admired its model. Despite Deverell's enthusiastic descriptions, Rossetti was completely unprepared for the glorious woman before him. She seemed to be from another age, as if she had sprung to life from an antique painting of an Italian saint. Seated before the window, her hair cast a slight golden glow in the afternoon sun, like a halo. She could not have been more perfect if he had sculpted her from marble with his own hands. Deverell claimed that he had found the perfect Viola, but this girl was far too beautiful to pose as some love-sick page. She was clearly meant to sit for the great heroines of history and myth, and Rossetti vowed to paint her as a queen. "Miss Siddal, has anyone ever told you that you were surely crafted by the gods in order to be painted? If you don't believe that yours is a beauty for the ages, you underestimate yourself." The force of his words struck Lizzie, and she wondered if he was serious, and if it could be true. Was this the thing that she had always been waiting for? Was she really meant to inspire great artists? Her head buzzed with the possibility, but the very allure of the idea felt dangerous...
3 'White Ophelia Floats Like a Great Lily' The nineteenth century witnessed a
craze in both the literary and visual arts for ... Romanticism to Symbolism, Ophelia
in particular epitomized death by drowning.2 Ophelia's watery death inspired four
Author: Anne-Gaëlle Saliot
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Category: Literary Criticism
The Drowned Muse is a study of the extraordinary destiny, in the history of European culture, of an object which could seem, at first glance, quite ordinary in the history of European culture. It tells the story of a mask, the cast of a young girl's face entitled "L'Inconnue de la Seine," the Unknown Woman of the Seine, and its subsequent metamorphoses as a cultural figure. Legend has it that the "Inconnue" drowned herself in Paris at the end of the nineteenth century. The forensic scientist tending to her unidentified corpse at the Paris Morgue was supposedly so struck by her allure that he captured in plaster the contours of her face. This unknown girl, also referred to as "The Mona Lisa of Suicide", has since become the object of an obsessive interest that started in the late 1890s, reached its peak in the 1930s, and continues to reverberate today. Aby Warburg defines art history as "a ghost story for grown-ups." This study is similarly "a ghost story for grown-ups", narrating the aura of a cultural object that crosses temporal, geographical, and linguistic frontiers. It views the "Inconnue" as a symptomatic expression of a modern world haunted by the earlier modernity of the nineteenth century. It investigates how the mask's metamorphoses reflect major shifts in the cultural history of the last two centuries, approaching the "Inconnue" as an entry point to understand a phenomenon characteristic of 20th- and 21st-century modernity: the translatability of media. Doing so, this study mobilizes discourses surrounding the "Inconnue", casting them as points of negotiation through which we may consider the modern age.
That ambivalent attitude is characteristic of Baudelaire's poems about his Muse,
who often resembles Ophelia. "Noyée au fond d'un fabuleux [marécagel," she is "
malade" yet vigorous, like the Ophelia of Delacroix's lithographs (OC 1:14).
Author: James M. Vest
Publisher: University Press of Amer
A unique and comprehensive examination of the character of Ophelia from its pre-Shakespearean origins in France, in Belleforest's Histoires tragiques (1570), through three centuries of metamorphosis in French literature and culture. Attention is focused on the singularly French perception of Ophelia's active, provocative role as presented by Belleforest and Shakespeare, and subsequently by Prevost, Voltaire, Laplace, Ducis, Diderot, Stael, Stendhal, Guizot, Hugo, Sand, Musset, Gautier, Delacroix, Dumas, Baudelaire, and others. This book differs from previous studies in its emphasis on the role of Ophelia as a vital, capable agent in the drama of Hamlet, who captivated the attention and imagination of French authors, translators and critics.
A Life of Harriet Smithson Berlioz Peter Raby. 9 Berlioz's muse meiner meiner
ner ner ne ne ne ne ne ne net In the peace of Vincennes , the first few days
passed like an idyll . Berlioz had rented a little house to shield them from the
Author: Peter Raby
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
The remarkable life and career of Harriet Smithson Berlioz, a talented actress who became a symbol of the Romantic spirit.
Sure nought unhallow'd shall presume to stray Where sleep the reliques of that
virtuous maid ; Nor aught unlovely bend its devious way , Where soft Ophelia's
dear remains are laid . Haply thy Muse , as with unceasing sighs She keeps late
For most, the first encounter with Siddall is in John Millais' Ophelia, a febrile
portrait of a woman drowning in a river. ... For hours, she lay in a bath set up to
mimic Ophelia's watery grave, with nothing but a few broken lamps beneath to
keep her ...
Author: Katie McCabe
Publisher: Hardie Grant Publishing
How many times have you seen a woman artist solely referred to as the wife, girlfriend, muse, or 'mistress' of a man in the public eye?Throughout history, the achievements of women working across artistic disciplines – from visual artists to writers to filmmakers – have been largely undervalued, with the title of 'genius' reserved mainly for men. More than a Muse unpacks the complex romantic relationships that left women overshadowed, anonymous or underestimated in their work. Katie McCabe shines a light on the stories of talents like photographer Dora Maar, pioneering film editor and Hitchcock-collaborator Alma Reville, jazz pianist Lil Hardin Armstrong and many more.Exploring a broad scope of art movements and moments from Surrealism to early British silent film, Katie reexamines the contributions of women that have too often been ignored. More than a Muse views our history through the lens of artistic partnership, and positions women solidly in the foreground.
He also evaluated the performances of three “fairly good actors”—Clarence Muse
, his wife, ophelia Muse, and Charles H. olden—as well as the “less praiseworthy
effort” offered by Miss Mattie Wilkes. after further evenhanded comments on ...
Author: Jeffrey B Perry
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Hubert Harrison was an immensely skilled writer, orator, educator, critic, and political activist who, more than any other political leader of his era, combined class consciousness and anti-white-supremacist race consciousness into a coherent political radicalism. Harrison's ideas profoundly influenced "New Negro" militants, including A. Philip Randolph and Marcus Garvey, and his synthesis of class and race issues is a key unifying link between the two great trends of the Black Liberation Movement: the labor- and civil-rights-based work of Martin Luther King Jr. and the race and nationalist platform associated with Malcolm X. The foremost Black organizer, agitator, and theoretician of the Socialist Party of New York, Harrison was also the founder of the "New Negro" movement, the editor of Negro World, and the principal radical influence on the Garvey movement. He was a highly praised journalist and critic (reportedly the first regular Black book reviewer), a freethinker and early proponent of birth control, a supporter of Black writers and artists, a leading public intellectual, and a bibliophile who helped transform the 135th Street Public Library into an international center for research in Black culture. His biography offers profound insights on race, class, religion, immigration, war, democracy, and social change in America.
As for Bergman's Ophelia, she falls into a degenerative psychosis— mutilating
her hair with a dangerous pair of shears and distributing heavy iron nails in place
of flowers. Ophelia's elegies for her father alternate with bawdy songs riddled
Author: Robert Sanford Brustein
Publisher: Yale University Press
This book is a masterful and engaging exploration of both Shakespeare's works and his age. Concentrating on six recurring prejudices in Shakespeare’s plays--such as misogyny, elitism, distrust of effeminacy, and racism--Robert Brustein examines how Shakespeare and his contemporaries treated them. More than simply a thematic study, the book reveals a playwright constantly exploiting and exploring his own personal stances. These prejudices, Brustein finds, are not unchanging; over time they vary in intensity and treatment. Shakespeare is an artist who invariably reflects the predilections of his age and yet almost always manages to transcend them. Brustein considers the whole of Shakespeare's plays, from the early histories to the later romances, though he gives special attention to Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, and The Tempest. Drawing comparisons to plays by Marlowe, Middleton, and Marston, Brustein investigates how Shakespeare’s contemporaries were preoccupied with similar themes and how these different artists treated the current prejudices in their own ways. Rather than confining Shakespeare to his age, this book has the wonderful quality of illuminating both what he shared with his time and what is unique about his approach.
Ophelia's urn . To Mr G Shade , Near some lone fane , or yew's funereal green ,
What dreary forms has magic Fear survey'd ... Haply thy muse , as with unceasing
sighs She keeps late vigils on her urn reclin'd , May see light groups of pleasing ...
The Forsaken Muse, a Woman's Journey from Sorrow to Hope would have been
a beautiful but impossible dream for me ... Chayong, Ann, Mona, Ces Z, Didit,
Manang Susan D, Judy G, Cynthia , Marge, Chona S, Ophelia B, Irynn A and
Author: Rowena Isidro
The Forsaken Muse, a Woman's Journey from Sorrow to Hope takes you inside a woman's world as she struggles from despair, sadness, travail and self-examination to finding hope, growth and her own destiny. This is a book of poetry with PASSION, and a collection of beautiful photographs, drawings and other art forms.. All poems are beautifully illustrated by original photography which could stand on their own as beautiful art and were meticulously hand-picked. This book is for women, and therefore also relevant to men.The book has 4 volumes:VOLUME I - 'Songs of Lamentation, My Life is Out of Rhyme'VOLUME II, 'I Endure, I Suffer, I Give Birth'VOLUME III, 'Changing...Loving myself, Loving others... Finding me, finding my destiny'VOLUME IV is titled 'The Forsaken Woman Finds Herself'. - this provides a conclusion as to her journey and her self-realization.THIS BOOK OF POETRY, WHICH IS A WOMAN'S STORY, WILL NOT DISAPPOINT!THIS BOOK IS ALSO SO RELEVANT TO MEN!
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Category: Bedford County (Tenn.)
Family history and genealogical information about the descendants of John Smith who was born 23 January 1752 in Virginia. He was the son of William Smith and Jean (surname unknown). John married Elizabeth Simpson (daughter of John Simpson) ca. 1772 in South Carolina. They lived in South Carolina and were the parents of three sons and six daughters. Descendants lived in South Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma and elsewhere.
He lov'd the Muse ; she taught him to complain ; He saw his timorous loves on
her depend ; He lov'd the Muse ... There fame , her clarion pendant at her side ,
Shall seek forgiveness of Ophelia's fhade ; “ Why has such worth , without ...
OPHELIA's urn . To Mr. G-TH THRO ' the dim ... Haply thy muse , as with
unceasing fighs She keeps late vigils on her urn reclin'd , May see light groups of
pleasing visions rise ; And phantoms glide , but of celestial kind . Then fame , her
And come , my muse ! that lov'st the fylvan fhade ; Thea elegance , with coy
judicious hand , Evolve the mazes , and the mist dispel : Shall cull fresh flowrets
for Ophelia's tomb : Translate the song ; convince my doubting maid , And beauty
In this case the muse of the poem is female sexuality ; the matrix of Samain's text
is a problematic feminine sexuality . “ Je rêve de vers ... Beyond Ophelia's hair ,
the only reference to a body part are her nerves in the seventh stanza . Je rêve
Author: Gayle A. Levy
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
Category: Literary Criticism
Levy's approach to the subject is twofold. First, she redefines the term "muse" in order to take into account the changes that the word has undergone within the French historical and literary context since the thirteenth century. Then, she shows how the figure of the poetic muse itself changes and begins to be liberated from the nineteenth-century concept that had kept the trope frozen in a passive role.
Arbella Stuart t first glance , Ophelia is an unlikely muse or goddess figure .
Compared to her crafty , beguiling father , she is the model of pale innocence and
the sweet bloom of youth . As a dutiful daughter , she is naively enlisted in the ...
Author: Alex Jack
SUPERANNO New historical, scientific, and literary evidence suggests that Christopher Marlowe--London's leading playwright and a secret government agent--staged his death and composed Hamlet and other works in partnership with Shakespeare. Volume 1 includes the text of the play, parallels with Marlowe's earlier works, and a summary of the evidence for his role. Volume 2 recounts Marlowe's life, "death," and literary resurrection, explores his collaboration with Shakespeare, and analyzes the play, including resonances with the leading characters.
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Bc . Hartland Doctor Stephen Gibbs W. L. Smith ( Ryerson's Orchids ) Art Banta
Autumn Ghyll BRASSOLAELIOCATTLEYA Blc . Momercia X Lc , Manila Rod ...
While Miss Inez Clough most ably portrayed the character of the German mother ,
Miss Ophelia Muse and Mrs. Carlotta Freeman were both somewhat ineffective
— the latter , we would say from our first night observation , because of ...
Clough most ably portrayed the character of the German mother , Miss Ophelia Muse and Mrs. Carlotta Freeman were both somewhat ineffective — the latter ,
we would say from our first night observation , because of unfamiliarity with her