Elizabeth Barrett Browning was the oldest of the twelve children of the posessive Edward Barett Moulton-Barrett and his wife Mary. She began writing poetry early in life and by 1838 had published three volumes. Her famous courtship by the poet Robert Browning was expressed in numerous letters and her popular Sonnets from the Portuguese (1850). Barrett held progressive views which were expressed in her later poems which were often concerned with political and social issues.
Spender, D, Todd, J, 1990, Anthology of British women writers from the Middle Ages to the present day, London, Pandora,pp.465-466
On our shelves:
In the following collections:
- Bukovinsky, J, edt., 1994, Elizabeth Barrett Browning in Women of Words: a personal introduction to thirty-five important writers, Philadelphia, Running Press, pp. 21-23.
- Ogborn, J, 2003, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, in Three Victorian poets, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, pp. 78-105.
- Spender, D, Todd, J, 1990, Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1806-61, in Anthology of British women writers from the Middle Ages to the present day, London, Pandora, pp. 465-470.
- The Love letters of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning
You may care to also read or refer to the Marget Forster novel Lady's maid. This retells, from the story of Elizabeth Wilton, lady's maid to Elizabeth Browning, and her role in the "most famous elopement in history".
On our shelves:
- Encyclopadia Britannica - Micropedia
- World Book Encyclopedia
- The Oxford companion to English Literature
Online Study Notes:
- eLibrary - General author/title search
- The Browning Society - The Browning Society was formed in 1969 to provide a focus for contemporary interest in Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning - from Poets.org
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning: style, subject and reception - from the British Library - Discovering literature: Romantics and Victorians
- The Life of Elizabeth Barrett Browning - from The Victorian Web
- Elizabeth Browning's Five best poems - from The Guardian
- Sonnet 43 BBC GCSE Bitesize
- Project Gutenberg: The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1845-1846