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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 lead readers via this mass of fabric in 3 major sections: early life, contrasting early backgrounds and careers, and turning out to be curiosity in each one other's paintings to 1845; courtship, marriage, Italy, and paintings together with Aurora Leigh and ladies and men (1845-61); Browning's later lifetime of relentless socializing and prolific writing from his go back to London to his dying in Venice in 1889. The publication presents not just distinctive courting yet a lot topic on such subject matters because the Brownings' huge interpreting in English, French and classical literature, their many friendships, and their occasionally conflicting political views.

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July 1 (Sat) Writing to Euphrasia Fanny Haworth, RB says that he has ‘many half-conceptions, floating fancies’, on what will become the theme of The Return of the Druses (1843): some ‘subject of the wild and most passionate love. ’ Alternatively he is looking for a subject for a historical tragedy – probably for the work which became King Victor and King Charles (1842). 1 EBB’s ‘The Young Queen’ (Seraphim) is published in The Athenaeum. 8 Her ‘Victoria’s Tears’ (Seraphim) is published in The Athenaeum.

Between mid-May and 20 August EBB’s friend Eliza Cliffe paints her portrait. 31 EBB’s ‘Kings’ appears in The Times. 31 Bro is among the speakers at a celebration dinner in Ledbury for the pro-Reform MP Kedgwin Hoskins. June 4 (Sat) EBB begins her Diary (to 23 April 1832). Here she discusses her reading, her anxiety about the possibility of leaving Hope End, her feelings of uncertainty about HSB’s feelings for her, her jealousy of other young women who visit him (and even, in the case of Henrietta Mushet, read Greek to him), and her anger with herself for entertaining such feelings.

He returns it with a note praising its ‘famous versification’, and Kenyon delights EBB by sending her the note. June 24 (Sat) EBB’s review of Horne’s Orion is published in The Athenaeum. 29 RB is present at a dinner for the Devonshire House Sanatorium with Dickens (who is a member of the committee), Macready, Forster, Procter, Maclise and many others. July EBB’s ‘The Soul’s Expression’ (1844) appears in Graham’s Magazine. 22 (Sat) Her ‘To Flush, My Dog’ (1844) – ‘some very light cobwebby verses’ – is published in The Athenaeum.

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