Biography of Sexual Nympholeptic John Ruskin Part 2

About the sexual nympholetpic and famous Victorian England art critic John Ruskin, history and biography of the man.


John Ruskin (1819-1900),

As Ruskin got older he became a hard-core nympholeptic, indulging himself with the fantasy images of unattainable nymphs. And when he had a chance to teach art in a fashionable girls' school, he did so with undisguised relish. His strange relationship with beautiful, pubescent girls reached a realistic climax in the tantalizing form of Rose La Touche whose mother had asked Ruskin to give her daughter art lessons at the age of 8. The Fates were weaving "another net of love," and by the time his precocious pupil was 13, he was helplessly in love with her. And there was evidence that the mother was in love with him. Yet, the mother used his turn to atheism to oppose his desire to marry Rosie when she became 21. At 17, Rosie had led him to believe she would go against her parents' wishes and become his wife, for she seemed to love him too. But a vengeful letter from his wife, Effie, changed her mind. She wrote that her former husband could never make a woman happy because of "his peculiar nature." "He is quite unnatural and in that one thing all the rest is embraced," she said. Ruskin tried to overcome the effect of the letter, but the tragedy was compounded by Rosie's development of an intense, religious psychosis. She began to disintegrate and died at the age of 26, refusing a final visit from Ruskin because he would not swear that his love for her was 2nd to his passion for God.

Ruskin temporarily went insane, visiting spiritualists who promised to put him in touch with Rosie. He had wild visions of her, and dreams, and confused her with St. Ursula. He seemed to compensate by becoming decidedly more effeminate and called everyone "darling," which was unusual for the time. He developed the skill of being able to attract attention while appearing to shun it.

Ruskin was lecturing at Oxford. In 1883, he gave his final lecture, shocking his audience with obscene expressions and gestures, until attendants got him off the podium. And in 1889, 11 years before his death, and 32 years after he had met his lovely nymph, Rosie, he wrote of her in Praeterita, his personal journal: "neither tall nor short for her age; a little stiff in her way of standing. The eyes rather deep blue at the time, and fuller and softer than afterwards. Lips perfectly lovely in profile; a little too wide, and hard in edge, seen in front; the rest of her features what a fair, well-bred Irish girl's usually are; the hair perhaps, more graceful in short curl around the forehead, and softer than one sees often, in the close-bound tresses above the neck. . . ."

It was obvious that Ruskin remained a nympholeptic into old age. And perhaps his long, inarticulate moods were caused, in part, by his continued longing for his beloved nymph. He carried, always in his heart-pocket, between 2 thin slabs of gold, a letter Rosie had once written him. And when he died, an unconsummated man, a grateful nation offered a burial place in "The Poet's Corner" of Westminster Abbey close to the tomb of Tennyson, but according to his wishes, he was buried near Coniston Water where he had spent his last years.

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