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Green Victorians: The Simple Life in John Ruskin's Lake District

Vicky "Albritton and Fredrik Albritton Jonsson

Abstract

This book tells the story of an extraordinary social experiment in the English Lake District at the end of the Victorian era. Here, a small group of women and men sought to forge a society based on renewable resources and handicrafts, dedicated to an ethos of artful simplicity. This culture of sufficiency was inspired by the writings of the brilliant polymath John Ruskin who had come to the Lake District in search of a refuge from industrial society and mass consumption. Green Victorians offers a pioneering account of John Ruskin as a prophet of anthropogenic climate change and the ethics of c ... More

Keywords: renewable resources, handicrafts, sufficiency, climate change, ethics of consumption, landscape preservation, apocalyptic tendencies, origins of environmentalism, sustainability, limits to growth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226339986
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226340043.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vicky "Albritton, author
Johns Hopkins University, Colorado State, and the University of Chicago."

Fredrik Albritton Jonsson, author
University of Chicago