Professor Rosenberg (Columbia University) has made a careful selection from the body of Ruskin's work which was embalmed in the ""39 oversized volumes"" that comprise the standard edition. The excerpts are generous. The editor's introductory remarks to each section are brief and necessary to the text. The organization is by the grouping of selections under Ruskin's major interests -- Art, Architecture, Society, Solitude and Self. There is a chronology of Ruskin's life and writings, an annotated bibliography and an index. A gap-filler.