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The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846   By: (1812-1889)

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The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846 is a captivating collection of intimate correspondence between two renowned poets. As one delves into the pages of this remarkable compilation, they are transported back to the blossoming romance and literary exchange that took place during a transformative period in both poets' lives.

What makes this collection truly exceptional is the voyeuristic glimpse it offers into the personal lives of two literary giants. Through their letters, Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett reveal their innermost thoughts, fears, and passions, creating a profound connection with readers. It is as if we are eavesdropping on their most private conversations, witnessing the birth of a love that would come to defy societal norms and inspire generations.

The letters are filled with rich details and poetic expressions, showcasing the immense talent of these two masters of the written word. Their words flow with elegance and grace, leaving readers spellbound by their artistry. From poetic musings to discussions about literature and societal issues, their letters encompass a vast range of topics, providing a comprehensive insight into their writing processes and intellectual world.

Beyond their literary prowess, what shines through these letters is the deep affection and admiration shared by Robert and Elizabeth. Their love story, which eventually led to their elopement, unfolds with every exchanged thought and heartfelt declaration. Their words convey a profound understanding and appreciation for each other's talents, creating a powerful connection that transcends time and space.

The editor of this volume has done an exceptional job in curating and organizing the letters, allowing readers to navigate through this piece of literary history seamlessly. The footnotes and annotations provide valuable context, shedding light on the references and events mentioned by Robert and Elizabeth, enhancing our reading experience and appreciation for the letters.

However, it is important to note that this collection only covers the period of 1845-1846, leaving readers hungry for more. Volume 2 becomes an inevitable must-read for those eager to continue unraveling the intricate tale of Browning and Barrett's love affair.

The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846 is a treasure trove for admirers of poetry, literature, and love stories. Its lyrical beauty, combined with the raw emotions expressed within, make it an invaluable addition to any literary aficionado's collection. Through these letters, Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett's voices transcend time, allowing their love story to captivate and inspire generations to come.

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[Illustration: Robert Browning

from an oil painting by Gordigiani]


In considering the question of publishing these letters, which are all that ever passed between my father and mother, for after their marriage they were never separated, it seemed to me that my only alternatives were to allow them to be published or to destroy them. I might, indeed, have left the matter to the decision of others after my death, but that would be evading a responsibility which I feel that I ought to accept.

Ever since my mother's death these letters were kept by my father in a certain inlaid box, into which they exactly fitted, and where they have always rested, letter beside letter, each in its consecutive order and numbered on the envelope by his own hand.

My father destroyed all the rest of his correspondence, and not long before his death he said, referring to these letters: 'There they are, do with them as you please when I am dead and gone!'

A few of the letters are of little or no interest, but their omission would have saved only a few pages, and I think it well that the correspondence should be given in its entirety... Continue reading book >>

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