Robert Browning

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Accessibly written throughout, this guidebook covers biographical details, information on the historical and social contexts of Browning's work, an overview of the full range of his work and a survey of the major critical debates surrounding him and his work.

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Overview

Accessibly written throughout, this guidebook covers biographical details, information on the historical and social contexts of Browning's work, an overview of the full range of his work and a survey of the major critical debates surrounding him and his work.

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Adam Roberts
A wonderfully deft introduction to the work of this crucial poet. Hawlin crosses and recrosses the expansive body of Browning's poetry with an expert touch and fertile concision. This guide manages to include an astonishing amount of material - biographical, poetic, critical and theoretical- without ever becoming cluttered, and its many sensitive readings of the poetry are full of marvellous insight and intelligence. This is certainly the best introduction to the poetry of Robert Browning available today.
Thomas J. Collins
The major strengths of The Complete Critical Guide To Robert Browning are its clarity, its comprehensiveness, and the judiciousness of its critical and theoretical discourse. Because of these qualities it will be useful to students and scholars alike.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415222327
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/26/2001
  • Series: Routledge Guides to Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Stefan Hawlin is a lecturer in English at the University of Buckingham. He is one of the editors of the Oxford Poetical Works of Robert Browning and the new editor of Browning Society Notes

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Table of Contents

Series editors' preface
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations and referencing
Introduction
Pt. I Life and Contexts 3
a The early years: 1812-1832 5
b The young writer: 1832-1846 11
c The Italian years: 1846-1861 24
d Widowerhood and old age: 1861-1889 33
Pt. II Work 45
a Early long poems 47
b The dramatic monologue 60
c Dramatic Lyrics and Dramatic Romances and Lyrics 66
d Men and Women and Dramatis Personae 80
e The Ring and the Book 100
f The late poetry 115
Pt. III Criticism 125
a In and out of the canon: 1889-1979 129
b Responses to the early long poems 136
c The early monologues: a variety of approaches 150
d The middle period work 169
e The Ring and the Book: a novel poem 191
Chronology 203
Bibliography 207
Index 215
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