Robert Browning

Robert Browning

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Robert Browning by Harold Bloom

While his detractors found his verse to be deliberately obscure, Robert Browning resisted such charges and went on to become one of the most critically acclaimed and popular English poets of the nineteenth century. Known for his imaginative originality and dramatic power, Browning's enduring voice is evidenced in such works as "My Last Duchess," "Fra Lippo Lippi," "Child Roland to the Dark Tower Came," "Andrea del Sarto," and "Caliban upon Setebos." This volume of essays featuring commentary from Browning's contemporaries and later critics also includes a chronology, an index, and an introduction from literary critic Harold Bloom.

Bloom's Classic Critical Views presents a selection of the most important enduring literary criticism on the authors most commonly read in high school and college classes today. The series attempts to place these great authors in the context of their time and to provide criticism that has proved over the years to be the most valuable to readers and writers. Selections range from reviews in popular magazines, which demonstrate how a work was received in its own era, to profound essays by some of the strongest critics in the British and American traditions. In addition, each volume contains contributions by a contemporary expert who introduces the most important critical selections, putting them in context and suggesting how they might be used by a student writer to influence his or her own writing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604134292
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Series: Bloom's Classic Critical Views Series
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

One of our most popular, respected, and controversial literary critics, Yale University professor Harold Bloom's books -- about, variously, Shakespeare, the Bible, and the classic literature -- are as erudite as they are accessible.

Hometown:

New York, New York and New Haven, Connecticut

Date of Birth:

July 11, 1930

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Education:

B.A., Cornell University, 1951; Ph.D., Yale University, 1955

Table of Contents

Series Introduction ix

Introduction Harold Bloom xi

Biography xiii

Personal 3

William Charles Macready (1835) 7

George Stillman Hillard (1853) 7

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1856) 8

Benjamin Jowett (1865) 9

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1885) 10

Thomas Adolphus Trollope (1888) 10

George William Curtis "Editor's Easy Chair" (1890) 11

James Fotheringham (1898) 12

Frederic Harrison "Personal Reminiscences" (1901) 14

William James Stillman (1901) 15

General 17

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1844) 20

Walter Savage Landor "To Robert Browning" (1845) 20

Margaret Fuller "Browning's Poems" (1846) 21

George Eliot (1856) 22

John Ruskin (1856) 24

James Thomson "The Poems of William Blake" (1864) 25

Edward FitzGerald (1869) 26

Edward Clarence Stedman (1875) 27

Algernon Charles Swinburne (1875) 31

Harriet Martineau (1877) 33

Justin McCarthy (1879-80) 34

Unsigned (1886) 37

Edward Dowden (1887) 39

Edgar Fawcett (1888) 41

William John Alexander (1889) 43

Andrew Lang "Introductory: Of Modern English Poetry" (1889) 44

John T. Nettleship "Robert Browning" (1889) 46

Algernon Charles Swinburne "A Sequence of Sonnets on the Death of Robert Browning: I" (1890) 48

Aubrey De Vere "Robert Browning" (1890) 49

Annie E. Ireland "Browning's Types of Womanhood" (1890) 50

John Addington Symonds "A Comparison of Elizabethan with Victorian Poetry" (1890) 51

Barrett Wendell (1891) 51

Oscar Wilde (1891) 52

Arthur Christopher Benson "The Poetry of Edmund Gosse" (1894) 55

George Saintsbury (1896) 56

Augustine Birrell "Robert Browning" (1897) 60

Thomas Wentworth Higginson "The Biography of Browning's Fame" (1897) 61

Francis Thompson "AcademyPortraits: XXVI. Robert Browning" (1897) 62

Arthur Waugh (1899) 64

Works 67

Paracelsus 69

W.J. Fox (1835) 69

Leigh Hunt (1835) 69

John Forster "Evidences of a New Genius for Dramatic Poetry" (1836) 70

R.H. Horne "Robert Browning and J.W. Marston" (1844) 71

Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1844) 73

Harriet Waters Preston "Robert and Elizabeth Browning" (1899) 73

Strafford 74

William Charles Macready (1837) 74

Herman Merivale "Browning's Strafford; A Tragedy" (1837) 75

Charlotte Porter "Dramatic Motive in Browning's Strafford" (1893) 76

Sordello 78

Richard Hengist Horne "Robert Browning's Poems" (1842) 78

Edward Dowden "Mr. Browning's Sordello" (1867) 80

Pippa Passes 86

Unsigned (1841) 86

A Blot in the 'Scutcheon 90

Charles Dickens (1842) 90

Unsigned (1843) 91

John Forster (1843) 93

Helena Faucit Martin "On Some of Shakespeare's Female Characters: III. Desdemona" (1881) 94

Thomas R. Lounsbury "A Philistine View" (1899) 95

Men and Women 96

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1855) 96

John Greenleaf Whittier (1855) 97

Margaret Oliphant "Modern Light Literature-Poetry" (1856) 97

Andrew Lang "Adventures among Books" (1891) 98

The Ring and the Book 98

Richelieu (1868) 98

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1868) 103

John Morley "On The Ring and the Book" (1869) 104

Robert Buchanan (1869) 105

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1881) 107

Alexandra Orr (1885) 108

William Dean Howells "Certain Preferences and Experiences" (1895) 109

The Inn Album 110

Henry James "Browning's Inn Album" (1876) 110

A.C. Bradley "Mr. Browning's Inn Album" (1876) 112

George Henry Lewes (1847) 113

Thomas Powell (1849) 116

Walter Bagehot "Wordsworth, Tennyson, and Browning; or, Pure, Ornate, and Grotesque Art in English Poetry" (1864) 120

Alfred Austin "The Poetry of the Period" (1869) 127

Richard Henry Stoddard (1871) 143

Arthur Galton "Mr. Browning" (1885) 144

Andrew Lang "Esoteric Browningism" (1888) 149

Unsigned (1890) 151

Unsigned (1890) 155

Henry James "Browning in Westminster Abbey" (1890) 156

George Edward Woodberry "On Browning's Death" (1890) 161

George Santayana "The Poetry of Barbarism: III. Robert Browning" (1900) 172

G.K. Chesterton (1903) 188

Chronology 206

Index 208

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