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By M. Garrett

Numerous 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 starting 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 demise in Venice in 1889. The ebook offers not just designated courting yet a lot subject on such themes because the Brownings' broad interpreting in English, French and classical literature, their many friendships, and their occasionally conflicting political opinions.

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1841 January 7 (Thurs) Flush, son of MRM’s spaniel of the same name, arrives in Torquay as her gift to EBB. ’ Discussion of the project continues frequent in their correspondence over the next few months but it is effectively abandoned by the end of the year. February 21 (Sun) RB completes a first draft of ‘The Cardinal and the Dog’ (eventually printed in Asolando). March He meets Alfred Tennyson for the first time at one of Richard Monckton Milnes’ breakfasts. 1841 37 April c. 10 (Sat) – 15 RB, while in bed with a fever, composes a tragedy mainly inspired by Euripides’ Hippolytus but on his recovery writes down only ‘Artemis Prologuizes’ (DL).

H. Jung-Stilling’s Theory of Pneumatology, prompting discussion of spirits and related matters with MRM in their next few letters. December RB dines with Thomas and Jane Carlyle. About now he writes the first version of ‘In a Gondola’ (DL), at John Forster ’s house in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, to accompany Daniel Maclise’s painting The Serenade. On actually seeing the painting, some time before 5 February 1842, he revises the poem to make it less ‘jolly’. 5 (Sun) RB, Maclise, Macready, Ainsworth and others dine with Talfourd.

17 She sends ‘A Romance of the Ganges’ to MRM, refusing the offered £5 payment. August 9 (Wed) RB tells Monclar that Sordello is ‘now undergoing a final revision’. 10 By about this date EBB has finished The Seraphim. 19 In a letter to Lady Margaret Cocks she discusses works by Goethe and Schiller, of whom she likes especially the latter. ) She began studying German last summer with her brothers Bro and Henry (1818–96). 1838 29 September 29 (Fri) EBB is working on ‘Isobel’s Child’ (Seraphim), ‘a wild tale’.

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