For most of the twentieth century the exuberantfluency of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's art was not regarded as worthy ofserious attention. Even the evidence for the swiftness of her wit, thought andcomposition remains more impressionistic and anecdotal than firmly proven.Through close attention to original manuscript material, Josie Billingtonargues that Barrett Browning's fast, fine and excitedly vigorous and agileimaginative intelligence is Shakespearean, both in its power, and in thecreative drive and dynamic to which it gives rise. Billington contends that for Barrett Browning, asfor Shakespeare, writing was demonstrably a creative event not a second-orderrecord of experience, and that Barrett Browning's characteristic habits ofcomposition, and her creative procedure, resemble in significant ways those ofthe poet she valued most highly. A fascinating study of both writers' analogouscreative dispositions, minds and modes.
About the Author
Josie Billington teaches in the School of English, University of Liverpool, UK. Her publications include Faithful Realism (2002), Eliot's Middlemarch (2008)and an edition of Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters (2006).
Table of Contents
Introduction \ 1. The Poet at Work \ 2. Sonnets from the Portugese \ 3. Aurora Leigh \ Further Reading \ Bibliography \ Index