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Although she outshines him in most accounts of their relationship, Elizabeth Barret Browning (1806-61) and her writings have often been overshadowed by the story of her romance with Robert Browning. This selection reveals her as an innovator and as someone who anticipated in her approach many aspects of feminism.

This illuminating biography of the great Victorian poet is based on recent discoveries of hundreds of letters and personal papers. Contrary to her classic ...

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Overview

Although she outshines him in most accounts of their relationship, Elizabeth Barret Browning (1806-61) and her writings have often been overshadowed by the story of her romance with Robert Browning. This selection reveals her as an innovator and as someone who anticipated in her approach many aspects of feminism.

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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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.)
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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: 9780460874250
  • Publisher: Everyman Paperback
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.79 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Suggestions for Further Reading 19
A Note on the Text 20
from The Battle of Marathon 21
from An Essay on Mind 22
The Soul's Expression 25
Lady Geraldine's Courtship 25
The Lost Bower 46
To Flush, My Dog 61
Catarina to Camoens 65
Wine of Cyprus 72
The Romance of the Swan's Nest 78
Hector in the Garden 82
Mountaineer and Poet 86
A Woman's Shortcomings 87
Change upon Change 89
Sonnets from the Portuguese 89
from Casa Guidi Windows 92
from Aurora Leigh 98
An August Voice 101
Lord Walter's Wife 105
Bianca among the Nightingales 109
Amy's Cruelty 114
Notes to the Text 117
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