Elizabeth Barrett Browning : Selected Poems / Edition 1

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One of the leading poets of the nineteenth century, Elizabeth Barrett Browning had a profound influence on her contemporaries and on writers that followed her. This edition provides a rich and varied selection of Barrett Browning's poetry, including relatively neglected material from her early career and works never before included in editions of her poetry. The edition is comprehensively annotated and includes a critical introduction; detailed headnotes for each poem also provide the reader with a deep understanding of the historical, biographical, and literary contexts in which the poems were written.
The extensive appendices include reviews and criticism and material on factory reform and slavery, as well as religion and the Italian Question.

This illuminating biography of the great Victorian poet is based on recent discoveries of hundreds of letters and personal papers. Contrary to her classic image, Browning was not an unhappy invalid; Forster reveals for the first time the truth of Browning's magnificent life.

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Editorial Reviews

Linda K. Hughes Texas Christian University
"With this superb annotated edition—both a teaching text and an original contribution to scholarship—the poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning at last has the presentation it has long deserved. The introduction, headnotes, and annotations of Marjorie Stone and Beverly Taylor contextualize the poetry in terms of its experimentalism, historical context, and wide-ranging allusions. Their edition does full justice to a major Victorian poet and demonstrates why she is a poet of such compelling magnitude and fascination."
Simon Avery University of Westminster
"This is the edition of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poetry that we have been waiting for. Edited by two leading authorities in the field, this volume offers a wide selection of EBB's works taken from across her long career and will enable readers to gain an understanding of her important contribution to nineteenth-century poetics. The individual poems are meticulously annotated and introduced by insightful headnotes, whilst the introduction and supplementary materials explore key biographical, literary, social, and political contexts. Revealing the range of EBB's poetic skills beyond Aurora Leigh, Stone and Taylor's edition is a major contribution to scholarship and will be welcomed by students, lecturers, scholars, and general readers."
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Forster's William Makepeace Thackeray , etc. provocative biography offers arresting new information on Elizabeth Barrett Browning, her family and associates. The author gleaned a wealth of material from the voluminous Philip Kelley collection of Barrett/Browning letters, several predating her subject's birth in 1806. ``Ba'' was the first of 11 surviving children born to Edward and Mary Barrett. On the evidence, it was a close, caring family and remained so after the grievous blow of Mary's death in 1828. Forster poses intriguing questions about Elizabeth's treatment as an invalid and on injustices done to Edward. Afraid of losing the father she loved and needed, she lied to him about Robert Browning's courtship; and also to Robert, claiming that Edward kept her a prisoner, in isolation. He would have accepted the marriage, Forster suggests, but never forgave the couple after they eloped and fled to Italy. The book covers their 15-year marriage and Robert Browning's life with their son after his wife died in 1861. This biography is an invaluable addition to the record of the great Victorian romance. Illustrations not seen by PW. Feb.
School Library Journal
YA-- Forster's biography presents a much fuller picture of Elizabeth Barrett Browning than was ever possible before, as it draws on hundreds of newly discovered letters and a diary written by the poet at age 26. The generous use of these sources creates a portrait of Browning that brims with life. Ever the reclusive scholar and invalid, fully prepared to trade love and marriage for the joys of the intellectual life, Elizabeth Barrett and her liason with Robert Browning at the age of 40 are legendary. The Victorian standards of life, including conditions for women and the literary climate of the times, are also revealed in this highly readable biography.-- Keddy Outlaw, Harris County Public Library, Houston
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551114828
  • Publisher: Broadview Press
  • Publication date: 7/30/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 1,302,051
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Marjorie Stone is McCulloch Chair in English at Dalhousie University. Beverly Taylor is Chair of the English Department at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. Both have published widely on Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
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Table of Contents

1. Early Works, Unpublished Juvenilia
2. From The Seraphim, and Other Poems (1838)
3. From Poems (1844)
4. [Aeschylus's Monodrama] (Unpublished, 1845)
5. From Poems (1850)
6. From Casa Guidi Windows (1851)
7. From Poems before Congress (1860)
8. From Last Poems (1862)
Appendix A: Views, Reviews of Collected Poems, and Criticism
1. From William Michael Rossetti, Some Reminiscences of William Michael Rossetti (1906)
2. From Edgar Allan Poe, Broadway Journal (4 and 11 January 1845)
3. From Frederick Rowton, The Female Poets of Great Britain (1853)
4. From the English Woman's Journal (7 August1861)
5. From [William Stigand], Edinburgh Review ( July-October 1861)
6. From [Gerald Massey], The North British Review (February-May 1862)
7. From Peter Bayne, Two Great Englishwomen: Mrs Browning and Charlotte Brontë (1881)
8. From Edmund Gosse, Critical Kit-Kats (1896)
9. From G.K. Chesterton, The Victorian Age in Literature (1913)
10. From Virginia Woolf, The Second Common Reader (1931)
Appendix B: Religion and Factory Reform
I. Religion
1. From The Guardian (22 January 1851)
2. From Samuel B. Holcombe, Southern Literary Messenger (December 1861)
3. From [Hannah Lawrance], The British Quarterly Review (October 1865)
4. From The True Mary (1868)
5. From Peter Bayne, Two Great Englishwomen: Mrs Browning and Charlotte Brontë (1881)
II. Factory Reform
1. From Frances Trollope, The Life and Adventures of Michael Armstrong (1844)
2. From On the Employment of Children and Young Persons (1841)
Appendix C: Trans-Atlantic Abolitionism and Responses to EBB's Anti-Slavery Poems
I. From The Liberty Bell
1. From George S. Burleigh, "The Worth of the Union" (1845)
2. Martha Hempstead, "The Fugitive" (1845)
3. Maria Lowell, "The Slave-mother" (1846)
4. From William Lloyd Garrison, "The American Union" (1845)
II. The Original Opening of "The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim's Point"
III. Responses to "The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim's Point" and "Hiram Powers' Greek Slave"
1. The Literary World on "Hiram Powers' Greek Slave" and "The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim's Point" (1851)
2. Charlotte Forten on "The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim's Point" (1854)
Appendix D: The Italian Question, Reviews of Casa Guidi Windows, and Reviews of Poems Before Congress
1. From [Giuseppe Mazzini], Westminster Review (April 1852)
2. From The Athenaeum (7 June 1851)
3. From The Leader (14 June 1851)
4. From The Spectator (28 June 1851)
5. From Eclectic Review (September 1851)
6. From [Henry Fothergill Chorley], The Athenaeum (17 March 1860)
7. From [Henry Fothergill Chorley], The Athenaeum (7 April 1860)
8. From Atlas (24 March 1860)
9. From [William Edmondstoune Aytoun], Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (April 1860)
10. Inscription on the Brownings' home, Casa Guidi (1861)
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