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Aurora Leigh and Other Poems
     

Aurora Leigh and Other Poems

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by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
 

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Aurora Leigh (1856), Elizabeth Barrett Browning's epic novel in blank verse, tells the story of the making of a woman poet, exploring 'the woman question', art and its relation to politics and social oppression. The texts in this selection are based in the main on the earliest printed versions of the poems. What Edgar Allan Poe called 'her wild and magnificent

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Aurora Leigh (1856), Elizabeth Barrett Browning's epic novel in blank verse, tells the story of the making of a woman poet, exploring 'the woman question', art and its relation to politics and social oppression. The texts in this selection are based in the main on the earliest printed versions of the poems. What Edgar Allan Poe called 'her wild and magnificent genius' is abundantly in evidence. In addition to Aurora Leigh, this volume contains poetry from the several volumes of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's published poetry from 1826 to 1862, including Casa Guidi Windows (1851), Songs for the Ragged Schools of London (1854) and the British Library manuscript text of the 'Sonnets from the Portuguese' (1846) which records her courtship with Robert Browning.

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"Her ardour and abundance, her brilliant descriptive powers, her shrewd and caustic humour infect us with her own enthusiasm. We laugh, we protest, we complain – it is absurd, it is impossible, we cannot tolerate this exaggeration a moment longer – but, nevertheless, we read to the end enthralled. What more can an author ask?"
—Virginia Woolf

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140434125
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1996
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
586,488
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.78(h) x 1.21(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Gardner Taplin
"This long narrative poem, of which Virginia Woolf said, '[Aurora Leigh] is the true daughter of her age,' was largely forgotten until the recent feminist movement...Aurora Leigh offers more hope to the aspirations of women than any other ...19th century imaginative [work]."
From the Publisher

"Her ardour and abundance, her brilliant descriptive powers, her shrewd and caustic humour infect us with her own enthusiasm. We laugh, we protest, we complain – it is absurd, it is impossible, we cannot tolerate this exaggeration a moment longer – but, nevertheless, we read to the end enthralled. What more can an author ask?"
—Virginia Woolf

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) - née Barrett English poet, was the wife of Robert Browning and the most respected and successful woman poet of the Victorian period.

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Aurora Leigh and other poems 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its ocr whatever they say