Books: Rossetti & His Circle

THE PRE-RAPHAELITE TRAGEDY — William Gaunt—Harcourt, Brace ($3).

When Britain trembled over one of its periodic French invasion scares in 1859, the home guards were somewhat puzzled by the enlistment of four unusual volunteers. Their names were Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Morris, William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais. The guards were even more puzzled:

> When Volunteer Hunt always lost the screws to his musket during lock drill.

> When at the command Form Fours! Volunteer Rossetti always asked, "Why?"

> When at the command Left! Volunteer Morris (although an early attachment to...

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