By M. Garrett

A number of thousand letters to and from Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning have survived, including different info at the composition and context of works from Barrett's 'lines on advantage' written on the age of 8 in 1814 to Browning's Asolando (1889). The Chronology seeks to steer readers via this mass of fabric in 3 major sections: adolescence, contrasting early backgrounds and careers, and growing to be curiosity in every one other's paintings to 1845; courtship, marriage, Italy, and paintings together with Aurora Leigh and males and females (1845-61); Browning's later lifetime of relentless socializing and prolific writing from his go back to London to his loss of life in Venice in 1889. The publication presents not just targeted courting yet a lot subject on such themes because the Brownings' wide studying in English, French and classical literature, their many friendships, and their occasionally conflicting political views.

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12 RB sees Macready as Hamlet at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. 14 Monclar arrives in London and sees RB and his family a number of times between now and August. 20 William IV dies and is succeeded by Victoria. 26 Probable first meeting of RB and Charles Dickens in Macready’s dressing-room after a performance of The Bridal (an adaptation by Macready and Sheridan Knowles of Beaumont and Fletcher ’s The Maid’s Tragedy). 28 A Browning Chronology 28 MRM, having become editor of Findens’ Tableaux, asks EBB to write a poem (‘A Romance of the Ganges’) to illustrate the ‘pretty superstition’ shown in an engraving of William Daniell’s Hindoo Maidens Floating Lamps, which she has already seen at the Royal Academy.

6d. by Saunders and Otley, the first work to be published under the name Elizabeth B. Barrett. She and her father consider The Seraphim the best poem she has yet written. The form is, she told Kenyon this spring, ‘rather a dramatic lyric, than a lyrical drama, and the subject, the supposed impression made upon angelic beings by the incarnation & crucifixion – a very daring subject, which suggested itself to me whilst I was doing that translation of Aeschylus’. Most reviewers find it over-ambitious, preferring the ‘Other Poems’, but their general conviction of her ‘genius’ and potential extends her reputation considerably.

1839 January About now RB is involved in some editorial capacity with the Poetical Works of Shelley published by Edward Moxon this spring. ’s Last Question’ (1844) is published in The Athenaeum. February 1 (Fri) RB sees Bulwer-Lytton’s play The Lady of Lyons (with Macready as Claude Melnotte), a possible source of Part Two of Pippa. March 27 (Wed) RB, Harriet Martineau, and Thomas Carlyle dine with Macready. April 10 (Wed) EBB tells MRM that she finds Harriet Martineau’s novel Deerbrook ‘all on a level … I long for a flood to break it into pieces, because in that case beautiful and noble bits of landscape might be extracted for high admirations’.

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