Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning are without parallel in the nineteenth century: celebrated poets, they became equally famous for their marriage. Still popular more than a century after their deaths, their poetry vividly reflects the unique nature of their relationship.

This collection presents the Brownings’ work in the context of their lives: the early years and their initial friendship, their courtship and marriage, the fifteen happy years they spent living in ...

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Overview

Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning are without parallel in the nineteenth century: celebrated poets, they became equally famous for their marriage. Still popular more than a century after their deaths, their poetry vividly reflects the unique nature of their relationship.

This collection presents the Brownings’ work in the context of their lives: the early years and their initial friendship, their courtship and marriage, the fifteen happy years they spent living in Italy until Elizabeth’s death. Whether in short poems such as Elizabeth’s “Hector in the Garden” and Robert’s “Natural Magic,” or in extracts from longer works such as Aurora Leigh and Pauline, the great themes they shared are all represented: love, marriage, illicit passion, England and Italy, childhood, religion, poetry, and nature. Elizabeth’s famous Sonnets from the Portuguese, based on their love affair, is included in its entirety.

The poems are augmented with a generous selection of the marvelous letters the Brownings wrote to each other.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400040223
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/14/2003
  • Series: Everyman's Library Pocket Poets
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 261,179
  • Product dimensions: 4.37 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Browning (1812-1889) was born in Camberwell, London, the son of a clerk in the Bank of England. The strongest influence on his education were the books in his father's extensive library, particularly the writings of Byron and Shelley. His dramatic poem Paracelsus, published in 1835, established his reputation and brought him the friendship of the actor-manager William Macready. When Macready's eldest son Willie was ill in bed, Browning wrote for the boy's entertainment the poem of The Pied Piper, a story he remembered from his own childhood. After its appearance in print in 1842, it became a children's classic, attracting new illustrators in every generation.In 1846 Robert Browning married a fellow poet, Elizabeth Barrett, eloping with her to Italy where they lived until Elizabeth's death in 1861. He them returned to England to live with his only sister Sarianna, but later he went back to Italy, where he died at the Rezzonico Palace in Venice.Peter Washington is the editor of many of the Everyman's Library Pocket Poets, including Love Poems, and is the author of Madame Blavatsky's Baboon: A History of the Mystics, Mediums, and Misfits Who Brought Spiritualism to America.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Robert Browning
Love 13
Love in a Life 14
Life in a Love 15
One Way of Love 16
Another Way of Love 17
Cristina 19
Porphyria's Lover 22
From Pauline 25
The Lost Mistress 28
My Last Duchess 29
Evelyn Hope 32
Never the Time and the Place 35
Now 36
Meeting at Night 37
Parting at Morning 37
Up at a Villa - Down in the City 38
A Serenade at the Villa 43
A Toccata of Galuppi's 46
Love among the Ruins 50
Two in the Campagna 54
'De Gustibus-' 57
A Light Woman 59
In Three Days 62
In a Year 64
Time's Revenges 68
Popularity 71
Memorabilia 74
How it Strikes a Contemporary 75
My Star 80
Fame 81
The Lost Leader 82
Misconceptions 84
Inapprehensiveness 85
Dubiety 87
Respectability 89
Humility 90
Summum Bonum 91
Speculative 92
In the Doorway 93
May and Death 95
Home-thoughts, from Abroad 96
Prospice 97
A Face 99
Magical Nature 100
Natural Magic 101
White Witchcraft 102
House 103
Appearances 105
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Question and Answer 109
A Woman's Shortcomings 110
A Man's Requirements 112
A Sea-side Walk 114
To Flush, My Dog 116
Flush or Faunus 121
Grief 122
Discontent 123
Patience Taught by Nature 124
The Weakest Thing 125
A Dead Rose 126
A Denial 128
The Measure: Hymn IV 131
A Child's Thought of God 133
Hector in the Garden 134
Hiram Powers's Greek Slave 139
Amy's Cruelty 140
The North and the South 143
From Heine 145
A Musical Instrument 149
A View Across the Roman Campagna 151
'Died...' 153
From Aurora Leigh 155
Sonnets from the Portuguese 175
The Best Thing in the World 200
Letters 201
Robert Browning: Epilogue 251
Index of First Lines 252
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