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  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • Effie: The Passionate Lives of Effie Gray, John Ruskin and John Everett Millais
  • Suzanne Fagence Cooper
  • English
  • 10 November 2018
  • 0312581734

About the Author: Suzanne Fagence Cooper

Dr Suzanne Fagence Cooper was educated at Merton College, Oxford, Christie s Education and the Courtald Institute before becoming the Victoria Albert Museum Research Fellow at Buckinghamshire New University in 1999 Her involvement with the VA dates back to 1996, when she was appointed curator, and in 2001 she co curated the VA s major exhibition The Victorian Vision Suzanne s published work includes the book Victorian Women VA Publications, 2001 and two essays for the book that supported the exhibition The Victorian Vision in 2002 Her book Pre Raphaelite Art in the Victoria and Albert Museum VA Publications, 2003 brought together objects normally dispersed around the museum to examine the relationship between the VA and this group of Victorian artists.Her renowned knowledge of Victorian art and culture has led to numerous broadcast opportunities She has been interviewed for Radio 4, the BBC World Service, and the television programme Victorians Roadshow BBC2 , and has worked as a consultant for the programmes What the Victorians Did for Us, BBC2 , presented by Adam Hart Davis, and Simon Schama s series History of Britain BBC2 She has also given many public lectures, including regularly on Cunard s Queen Mary II, as part of the Oxford University Discovery programme 2004.Suzanne lives between London and York with her husband and two daughters



10 thoughts on “Effie: The Passionate Lives of Effie Gray, John Ruskin and John Everett Millais

  1. says:

    A wonderfully written account of Effie Millais life and a great depiction of what Victorian England must have been like Suzanne Fagence Cooper writes a story using Effie s Letters to and from her family and friends, her and her husbands diaries.When I first picked up Effie in Waterstones,I was expecting some great love affair But it sthen that It s the woman behind the two men she called husband After finishing the book, I felt an acute sense that I knew Effie and I really felt for A wonderfully written account of Effie Millais life and a great depiction of what Victorian England must have been like Suzanne Fagence Cooper writes a story using Effie s Letters to and from her family and friends, her and her husbands diaries.When I first picked up Effie in Waterstones,I was expecting some great love affair But it sthen that It s the woman behind the two men she called husband After finishing the book, I felt an acute sense that I knew Effie and I really felt for her I came away from the book feeling as if I had made a friend.Effie was probably one of theinfluential woman of early victorian woman s rights Effie, married to John Ruskin,a renowned art critic in the Victorian England as well as a man who refused to consummate his marriage.We are left in the dark sadly about why John Ruskin refused Effie except by what Effie said and what Ruskin himself said.In a letter to her Father,George Gray,after five years of marriage and the catalyst of falling in Love with John Everett Millais,who s patron was Ruskin Effie finally told her father about her unfortunate marriage and his apparent reasons for his rejection of her He alleged various reasons, hatred to children, religious motives, a desire to preserve my beauty, and, finally this last year he told me his true reason that he had imagined women were quite different to what he saw I was, and that the reason he did not make me his Wife was because he was disgusted with my person the first evening 10th April John Ruskin confirmed these in his statements at court It may be thought strange that I could abstain from a woman who to most people was so attractive But though her face was beautiful, her person was not formed to excite passion On the contrary, there were certain circumstances in her person which completely checked it His Disgust with Effie s person is unknown.Effie went through the undignified act of a virginity test Effie passed,proving that Ruskin had not consummated his marriage and therefore it was not legally binding.Effie got her annulment A year after the annulment, Effie married John Everett Millais The Man who had made her want to be free in order to marry again, even though she was hesitant about entering into another marriage after the marriage she had just been through a marriage she never fully got over.You would think the tale ends here, but no Suzanne Fagence Copper takes us through Effie s entire life up until her death We find out the fates of her children The trails of Victorian England.Effie s life was not all sunshine and happiness after her second marriage She was no longer accepted into Queen Victoria s Presence because of her annulment Queen Victoria thought Effie should have kept her mouth shut Even though Victoria s children still liked Effie and Everett.Her children and her parents and sisters were riddled with sickness and insanity.To go through this must have been hard and increases my view that Effie is in fact one of the strongest Victorian woman that I know of Effie is my favorite but Georgiana Cavendish comes in second, as of now.One of the most romantic things that I have read of in a long while is the story of when Everett Millais was dieing in his deathbed,dieing of throat cancer,Queen Victoria s daughter, Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll went to visit the Millais and while she was there gave Millais message from the Queen, who wondered if there was anything she could do for him.John Everett could no longer speak due to the cancer and simply wrote Yes,let her receive my wife To me that shows an enduring love, that even on his deathbed he thought only of her.People familiar with John Everett Millais work will have seen the portrait of thirteen year old Sophy Gray Effie s Younger sister simply titled Sophy Gray The painting is Apparently a sensual and knowing image which provoked questions of Millais relationship with his sister in law.There was a strong affection between the two, and it could have possibly lead to a mutual infatuation between them However,I don t believe this due to the fact that there is not enough evidence and Effie, as well as Her parents did not seem to care about the friendship between the two Letting him chaperone her.It is RUMORED that Effie had to send Sophy away because of concerns that she and Millais were growing too close.But the sisters remained close until the end of their lives and Effie often invited Sophy to stay with herself and Everett My interpretation of the Sophy Gray is of a girl coming into awareness of her beauty and her body The knowing look is sort of like I know I m hot And 13 year old Sophy Gray did so much so that she tried to stay that way as she grew into a woman She suffered from Anorexia nervosa She refused to eat thinking she was to fat and became semi infertile she later went on to become a mother of one not having her monthly illnesses Basically Anorexia nervosa is the Victorian Version of today s anorexia Suzanne goes into great detail about the treatments which I found very interesting.I know that sounds weird but I have a obsession with knowing how insanity was dealt with in the past as I have OCD and often wonder about past treatments.ANYWAY Back on subject, BRILLIANT BOOK I felt as if I walked away with a friend in the ending of the biography A Beautifully written, well researched biography which gives reader s a look into Victorian life.BLOODY GOOD SHOW, CHAPS 5 STARS NOW FOR SOME PICTURES Effie GrayJohn Everett MillaisMr and Mrs Millais and their daughters Effie jr and Mary Millais Photograph was taken by Lewis CarrollJohn Ruskin The History of Effie,Ruskin and Millais has caught the attention of movie makers P and there are now two movies that are coming out Effie Starring Dakota FanningUntouched Starring Keira Knightley Out of the two, I m looking forward to Untouched starring Keira Knightley Keira is my favourite actress out of the two and has some of Effie s facial features very little but Dakota dosent have a lot either.Effie Gray and Keira KnightleyEffie Grey And Dakota Fanning

  2. says:

    Wow I ve always admired Pre Raphaelite art and I d heard a few things here and there about Effie Gray, the wife of painter John Everett Millais, but I had no idea that she d been through so much grief with her first husband, the critic John Ruskin.Ruskin never consummated his marriage to Effie he had a taste for slender young girls in early adolescence John Ruskin loved young girls, innocents on the verge of womanhood He became enchanted with twelve year old Effie when she visited Herne Hil Wow I ve always admired Pre Raphaelite art and I d heard a few things here and there about Effie Gray, the wife of painter John Everett Millais, but I had no idea that she d been through so much grief with her first husband, the critic John Ruskin.Ruskin never consummated his marriage to Effie he had a taste for slender young girls in early adolescence John Ruskin loved young girls, innocents on the verge of womanhood He became enchanted with twelve year old Effie when she visited Herne Hill in the late summer of 1840 The next time he saw her, John Ruskin felt she was very graceful but had lost something of her good looks After he had won her hand in 1847 and she was still only nineteen Effie was too old to be truly desirable The last girl he developed a crush on was just ten years old.Ruskin tried to make people believe the rift was all Effie s fault because she was mentally ill and that he had taken the blame for the failed marriage to spare her Creepy Gaslighting Alert Ruskin had been friends with John Everett Millais Effie s new husband , and after this mess told Millias he wanted to remain friends Millais naturally declined.This is a great story, well written and researched

  3. says:

    Just watched a movie based on this three characters, written by Emma Thompson A look at the scandalous love triangle between Victorian art critic John Ruskin, his teenage bride Effie Gray, and Pre Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais.

  4. says:

    This account is about three prominent people in Victorian England Effie married a man who was abusive and refused to consummate their relationship She sued for an annulment which was unheard of at the time He was an up and coming art critic She and one of her first husband s associates, a famous painter in his own right, fall in love, marry have 8 children The book explores these and other close relationships with a watchful eye.The book is also about what it was like to live in Victorian This account is about three prominent people in Victorian England Effie married a man who was abusive and refused to consummate their relationship She sued for an annulment which was unheard of at the time He was an up and coming art critic She and one of her first husband s associates, a famous painter in his own right, fall in love, marry have 8 children The book explores these and other close relationships with a watchful eye.The book is also about what it was like to live in Victorian society I learned several important things 1 The life of women at the time was repressed, oppressed, and only significant when associated with a man 2 Most of these people suffered from ill health Medicine was very backward Most doctors prescribed behavioral treatments or other superstitious remedies that were ineffective 3 Many suffered from mental illness anorexia, depression, and anxiety but these were often experienced and treated as body maladies 4 Childbirth was dangerous For example, Effie s mother had 17 pregnancy and lost 8 of them Overall, the story was sad and made me glad I was born during aenlightened time

  5. says:

    This is an excellent look into the life of Effie Grey, who is primarily known for her marriages in the world of Victorian art Cooper had unprecedented access to Effie s letters, generously lent by the Millais family For the most part, Cooper makes excellent use of them as she untangles Effie s first, and rather troubled, marriage to John Ruskin Ruskin s voice is so powerful and so authoritative even all these years later that it is a joy to finally hear Effie, to get her side of the tale How This is an excellent look into the life of Effie Grey, who is primarily known for her marriages in the world of Victorian art Cooper had unprecedented access to Effie s letters, generously lent by the Millais family For the most part, Cooper makes excellent use of them as she untangles Effie s first, and rather troubled, marriage to John Ruskin Ruskin s voice is so powerful and so authoritative even all these years later that it is a joy to finally hear Effie, to get her side of the tale However, I would have liked to have literally heard her voiceinstead of the novel like descriptions of what Effie must have been feeling or seeing that Cooper relied upon to set the scene Cooper also worked to rehabilitate Effie s reputation as the cause of Millais selling out and her discussion on the working relationship in their marriage is a must for any Millais scholar.The early chapters on the Ruskin marriage annulment are the strongest, perhaps because they are naturally the most dramatic and are the best documented in Effie s correspondence After Effie s marriage to Millias, Cooper s sense of time starts to unravel I enjoyed and commend Cooper s tackling the idea of how Effie s surprising stand against Ruskin fighting for an annulment and her freedom instead of quietly moving out of the house affected future generations of women in her family and women as a whole Cooper demonstrates the trajectory of women s freedom and how the vanguard soon becomes the status quo However, she often jumps around too much in time, leaving the reader feeling a bit adrift Her chapter on Sophy Grey, Effie s young sister, is likewise rich, though it too often felt like armchair psychology.Overall an excellent and revealing biography of an exceptional woman

  6. says:

    Excellent, although possibly not organized in the best way Flashbacks are confusing.

  7. says:

    I really enjoyed this book The Pre Raphaelites are one of my favorite periods of art, so I m always glad to read a story related to them Effie Gray was a beautiful educated young woman when she married art critic John Ruskin at age 19 Ruskin had become obsessed with her at age 12, but when he saw her on their wedding night, it was not what he had expected I did some research on him after reading the book and it looks like he was not homosexual as some have suggested but may have been a pedop I really enjoyed this book The Pre Raphaelites are one of my favorite periods of art, so I m always glad to read a story related to them Effie Gray was a beautiful educated young woman when she married art critic John Ruskin at age 19 Ruskin had become obsessed with her at age 12, but when he saw her on their wedding night, it was not what he had expected I did some research on him after reading the book and it looks like he was not homosexual as some have suggested but may have been a pedophile, although looking at child pornography was not illegal or considered dangerous during the Victorian Age It can be linked through several of his relationships with young girls that he usually fell in love with them at a very young age, but was less interested once they got older In any case, he did not consummate his marriage to Effie, even though they were married for 6 or 7 years Effie wanted to get out of the marriage, and so filed for annulment and Ruskin was pronounced impotent While she was married to Ruskin, she fell in love with Ruskin s young prot g , John Everett Millais, whom she later married This first half of the book was fascinating and very well done Although Ruskin is made to look like a crazy pervert and his parents come off rather creepy as well, I m still very curious about his books as they sound fascinating It seems that Effie did marry a very brilliant man, but one with almost no social skills I rather think the author should ve stopped the book at the halfway mark, but she decided to continue and talk about Effie and Millais s or Everett as he was known marriage, their children, and Everett s art career with and after the Pre Raphaelites There was a lot of talk calling Everett a sell out after he left the Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood or PRB , but I think he was ingenious Unlike a lot of other artists of the period, he had to support himself and his wife and eight children, so he did whatever he had to do to survive and make money So yes, his picture style naturally changes from the Medieval detailed look of his earlier pictures to theAesthetic looking pictures of his later career Pretty much everyone knows who Millais is from one of his PRB paintings Ophelia I liked how much Effie and her family were and how much she depended on them to deal with her marriages and loss of children I thought the chapter on Sophy Gray, Effie s younger Gray, particularly interesting As to whether or not Sophy and Everett had an affair, I cannot speculate on that It is intriguing to note that there will be two movies out in 2014 about Effie Gray, though I think I will see the one written by Emma Thompson 4 stars

  8. says:

    Pretty interesting biography of the wife of John Ruskin perhaps the first section on their doomed marriage is the most compulsive part Ruskin remains a total enigma genius in the art world, a man who liked his own company, liked living with his parents, liked little girls but not women just why did he saddle himself with a wife As the much younger Effie, ignored and untouched by her husband, takes to socializing, she faces the increasing unpleasantness of Ruskin and his doting parents A Pretty interesting biography of the wife of John Ruskin perhaps the first section on their doomed marriage is the most compulsive part Ruskin remains a total enigma genius in the art world, a man who liked his own company, liked living with his parents, liked little girls but not women just why did he saddle himself with a wife As the much younger Effie, ignored and untouched by her husband, takes to socializing, she faces the increasing unpleasantness of Ruskin and his doting parents And as a growing friendship develops with her husband s prot g , artist John Millais, separation is on the cards.The scandal in Victorian England of divorce following this non marriage much public censure, particularly of Effie and the subsequent life with Millais takes up the rest of the volume Effie remained close all her life to her family in Scotland, and they, too, form a large part of the narrative, notably her sister mentally ill and anorexic Effie and Millais went on to have eight children, who also brought their issues and who seem to have been shunted off a lot to their maternal grandparents And all the time Millais reputation in the art world grewVery readable

  9. says:

    Such a fascinating book about art and women in Victorian England I would have liked to goin depth in some areas, but I thoroughly enjoyed the story of Effie Gray, from her disastrous first marriage to her life as the wife, social secretary, and business advisor to the greatest painter of the Victorian age Particularly valuable is Cooper s defence of Millais s development out of the PRB, though I could have done with muchdepth A great book for any fan of Pre Raphaelites, Victoriana Such a fascinating book about art and women in Victorian England I would have liked to goin depth in some areas, but I thoroughly enjoyed the story of Effie Gray, from her disastrous first marriage to her life as the wife, social secretary, and business advisor to the greatest painter of the Victorian age Particularly valuable is Cooper s defence of Millais s development out of the PRB, though I could have done with muchdepth A great book for any fan of Pre Raphaelites, Victoriana, or clever and entrepreneurial women

  10. says:

    This audiobook kept my attention throughout, but I felt the earlier, John Ruskin centered passages wereinteresting than the later parts about Effie s marriage to Millais and her children However, with the audiobook, you don t get to see the pictures which I assume were in the book it is in part about an artist and his models and it is hard to judge whether the author is over dramatizing incidents I suspect, however, that much if not all of the description is supported by the parties e This audiobook kept my attention throughout, but I felt the earlier, John Ruskin centered passages wereinteresting than the later parts about Effie s marriage to Millais and her children However, with the audiobook, you don t get to see the pictures which I assume were in the book it is in part about an artist and his models and it is hard to judge whether the author is over dramatizing incidents I suspect, however, that much if not all of the description is supported by the parties extensive correspondence

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