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- Author: John Ruskin
John Ruskin was born in London, England, on February 8, 1819, the only child of John James Ruskin and Margaret Cox. His father was the only son of a bankrupt Edinburgh wine merchant who committed suicide. John James Ruskin had inherited his father’s considerable debt and was forced to give up his interests in art and literature to embark upon a commercial career. He obtained a position selling wine for the London firm of George, Murphy & Company, where, through hard work and good fortune, he rose to a position of trust. His prospects brightened even more when he...
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