From the back cover:
Since Charles Rickett's death in 1931, little has been written on his life and work as an artist. yet Ricketts was a pioneer in a wide variety of fields. As a book designer he ranks with William Morris, as an illustrator his influence can be compared with that of Beardsley, while in his later work for the theater he anticipated much that was done in Russia by Bakst and in England by Edward Gordon Craig. By turns also a painter, sculptor, and writer, Ricketts was a formidable collector who came to be regarded as a leading expert in the English art world. Stephen Calloway explores every aspect of Ricketts' career in this richly illustrated book, which will go far towards re-establishing the reputation of an unjustly neglected artist.