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Robert Browning

Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton
By: (1874-1936)

There is an old anecdote, probably apocryphal, which describes how a feminine admirer wrote to Browning asking him for the meaning of one of his darker poems, and received the following reply: “When that poem was written, two people knew what it meant–God and Robert Browning. And now God only knows what it means.

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ROBERT BROWNING

BY

G.K. CHESTERTON

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I BROWNING IN EARLY LIFE 1

CHAPTER II EARLY WORKS 34

CHAPTER III BROWNING AND HIS MARRIAGE 55

CHAPTER IV BROWNING IN ITALY 81

CHAPTER V BROWNING IN LATER LIFE 105

CHAPTER VI BROWNING AS A LITERARY ARTIST 133

CHAPTER VII "THE RING AND THE BOOK" 160

CHAPTER VIII THE PHILOSOPHY OF BROWNING 177

INDEX 203

ROBERT BROWNING

CHAPTER I

BROWNING IN EARLY LIFE

On the subject of Browning's work innumerable things have been said and remain to be said; of his life, considered as a narrative of facts, there is little or nothing to say. It was a lucid and public and yet quiet life, which culminated in one great dramatic test of character, and then fell back again into this union of quietude and publicity... Continue reading book >>


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