Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning: A Creative Partnership
This volume, the first full-length comparative study of the Brownings' poetry since the early twentieth century, examines the creative partnership of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning through a critical analysis of the poems written by this famous couple during the sixteen-year period of their friendship, courtship, and marriage. Through their famous courtship correspondence of 1845–46, their cerebral attraction developed into creative exchange, erotic passion, and a reciprocal professional partnership. Pollock traces parallels between the Browning's lives and works even before they met, and then throughout their courtship and married life, suggesting that their creative dialogue continued after Barrett Browning died in 1861, as her presence and themes continued to inform Browning's poetry for at least a decade afterward. This book will be of interest to scholars of 19th-century literature, as well as to those exploring the nature of close critical dialogue among working poets.
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