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Elizabeth Barrett Browning: Selected Poems

Elizabeth Barrett Browning: Selected Poems

by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
     
 

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The volume illustrates Browning's development as a poet and reveals her contribution to feminist literature. The poems selected here include early verses published in 1826, when the poet was twenty, as well as the last poems she wrote before her death in 1861.

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The volume illustrates Browning's development as a poet and reveals her contribution to feminist literature. The poems selected here include early verses published in 1826, when the poet was twenty, as well as the last poems she wrote before her death in 1861.

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Victorian Studies

The array of works offered is a rich one, from the religious to the romantic, the sentimental to the socially astute... In providing as representative a sample as possible without including the prefaces or extracts from the longer poems, Forster has succeeded admirably.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801837548
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
02/28/1979
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
717,355
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.87(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Elizabeth Barrett Browning was born in 1806. A semi-invalid for most of her early live, she won a great reputation with the appearance of her Poems (1844). The book attracted the admiration of Robert Browning, who secretly courted her for two years before the couple's celebrated elopement to Italy in 1846. In Italy, Elizabeth's health improved; she threw herself into European politics and wrote what is perhaps her best-known work, Sonnets from the Portuguese (1850). She died in 1861, and her Last Poems appeared in that same year.

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