Ruskin in his youth saw things with a clarity of perception which was almost unprecedented. In addition he was a poet: he had the gift of transmitting what he saw - in art, architecture, society, and nature - with a spontaneous eloquence which enslaved, alike, writers from Wordsworth to Proust and reformers from Tolstoy to Bernard Shaw.
Today Ruskin is practically unknown. His tendency to preach, his bouts of mental chaos, and the very fluency of his rhetoric have killed his appeal. Few writers have ever suffered such a reversal.
Sir Kenneth Clark's new anthology of 'the best of Ruskin', by modern standards, is perfectly designed to reintroduce this fascinating and complex figure. Extracts from his writings are grouped by subjects with separate introductions, and Ruskin's own shrewd comments on himself are preceded by a note on his life and the pathetic story of his infantile relations with women.
--- from book's back cover
Ken Su 的漢玉雅集：中國經驗雜談 and more..... 必讀必讀.....
(關於散文詩，多以為是來自法國 。昨天晚上讀 Ruskin Today by K. Clark (1962) p.102 ，選 Grass 草 注："此段為 M. Arnold 選來說明Ruskin的散文詩 ，根據他1949年6月3日在Vevey 所作的筆記...." ，收入Modern Painters 。我對照幾年前廣西師範的譯本， 發現錯誤百出 ，這是中國學界之悲哀， 連 人類 human race 都會翻譯成"人的競爭"等等.... 讓我們想一下， 這本書是 Oliver Wendell Holmes 在他兒子16歲送給小霍姆斯的生日禮物 ，讓他對藝術世界更深入探索......。參考 Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes : Law & Inner Self.....)
（今天上網找不到他的墓志 找到他的一本書的第一章說明: 一The title-page of chapter i. was as follows:--
Praeterita / Outlines of / Scenes and Thoughts / perhaps / worthy of Memory / in my past Life. / By / John Ruskin, LL.D. / Honorary Student of Christ Church, Honorary Fellow of Corpus Christi / College, and Slade Professor of Fine Art, Oxford / Chapter l / The Springs of Wandel. / With Steel Engravings of My Two Aunts. / George Allen, / Sunnyside, Orpington, Kent / 1855）
“明智”兄 真的需要多作自我介紹， 他昨天才說一點點 ，包括"杭之" (陳 忠信)是他們昔日臺大社團的演講名師。
昨天 Peter 說到過，天津天主堂望彌撒之熱烈情況--- 我想起幾年前北京開始興起的基督教風氣 ：新教中英國派有一稱教友為 Friends 的
Friend A member of the Society of Friends; a Quaker.由於儀式簡單， 知識份子兩人在北京街頭就可以彼此禱告神....立地成"佛" ，所以相當流行。