Aurora Leigh and Other Poems

ISBN-10: 0140434127

ISBN-13: 9780140434125

Edition: 1995

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 3/1/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Elizabeth Barrett was born in Coxhoe Hall, Durham, England, in 1806. Most of her childhood was spent on her father's estate, reading the classics and writing poetry. An injury to her spine when she was fifteen, the shock of her brother's death by drowning in 1840 and an ogre-like father made her life dark. But she read and wrote, and no little volume of verse ever produced a richer return than her Poems of 1844. Robert Browning read the poems, liked them, and came to her rescue like Prince Charming in the fairy story. Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning were married on September 12, 1846. Barrett Browning's enduring fame has rested on two works-Poems (1850), containing Sonnets from the Portuguese, and Aurora Leigh (1857). The former is a celebration of woman as man's other half and the latter is a celebration of woman's potential to stand on her own. During the Edwardian and later periods, it was Sonnets from the Portuguese that embodied Barrett Browning. Since the rise of feminism, it has been Aurora Leigh. More recently, a third side of Barrett Browning has been revealed: the incisive critical and political commentator, seen in her letters. Elizabeth Barrett Browning died in Florence, Italy, in 1861.

Preface
Acknowledgements
Table of Dates
Further Reading
Aurora Leigh (1856)
Verses to My Brother
Stanzas on the Death of Lord Byron [1824]
Lines on the Portrait of the Widow of Riego
The Death-Bed of Teresa del Riego
The Cry of the Children (1843, 1844)
Past and Future
To George Sand. A Desire
Lady Geraldine's Courtship
Crowned and Wedded [1840]
Wine of Cyprus
The Dead Pan
Caterina to Camoens
The Run Away Slave at Pilgrim's Point (1848, 1849, 1850)
Flush or Faunus
Hiram Powers' Greek Slave
Hugh Stuart Boyd: His Blindness
Hugh Stuart Boyd: Legacies
Sonnets from the Portuguese [1846]
Casa Guidi Windows (1851)
A Plea for the Ragged Schools of London
Christmas Gifts
The North and the South [1861]
Psyche Gazing on Cupid [1845]
Notes
Index of Titles
Index of First Lines
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