Along with Hall Caine's biographical study of DGR and his work
Recollections of Dante Gabriel Rossetti
published in 1882, this is the earliest critical investigation of DGR and his work. Its
critical views remain valuable not only in themselves, but because of Sharp's close
acquaintance with DGR.
As a critic, William Sharp (1855-1905) wrote under his own name. But
beginning with a book of verse he published in 1893, he wrote a series of
imaginative works in verse and prose under the pseudonym “Fiona Macleod”.
These writings are prominent examples of the literature of the Celtic Revival.