Dearest Isa: Robert Browning's letters to Isabella Blagden by Robert BrowningDearest Isa: Robert Browning's letters to Isabella Blagden by Robert Browning

Dearest Isa: Robert Browning's letters to Isabella Blagden

byRobert BrowningEditorEdward C. McAleer

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Robert Browning's friendship for Isabella Blagden was almost as remarkable as was his love for Elizabeth Barrett. After Elizabeth's death (June 1861), Browning went to England to educate their son, but he hoped eventually to return to Italy, principally so that he might be near his friend "Isa." He asked her to write to him once a month on the twelfth, promising to answer her letter on the nineteenth.

The fulfillment of this obligation resulted in a correspondence which is remarkable from the standpoint of continuity. Most collections of letters suffer from their fragmentary form; there are no continuing threads of interest which hold them together. Not so the letters which Browning wrote to Miss Blagden. They are not in the great English letter writing tradition, being obviously written for Isa rather than for posterity, but they are filled with the most intimate and interesting sort of gossip and informal exchanges of ideas which give them a character all their own.

One hundred and fifty-four letters from Browning to Isabella Blagden are known to be in existence; all of them are included in the present volume, together with copious explanatory notes and an illuminating introduction.

Edward C. McAleer has approached every detail of his editorial task with thoroughness, imagination, and skill. His notes will add immeasurably to the pleasure of reading the letters, in addition to making a substantial contribution to the world's knowledge of Browning and his associates.

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Edward C. McAleer (1911-2006) was Professor of English at Hunter College, NYC.
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Title:Dearest Isa: Robert Browning's letters to Isabella BlagdenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:452 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.13 inPublished:January 1, 1951Publisher:University Of Texas Press

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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Cue-Titles, Abbreviations, and Symbols
  • Introduction
  • Letters (Number. Date: Manuscript)
  • 1. c. 1850: Baylor 29
  • 2. Aug. 1, 1857: Baylor 7
  • 3. February, 1858: Baylor 17
  • 4. July 3, 1858: Baylor 1
  • 5. July 8, 1858: Baylor 2
  • 6. Aug. 1, 1858: Baylor 10
  • 7. Sept. 4, 1858: BM A2550
  • 8. Sept. 11, 1858: Baylor 11
  • 9. c. Oct. 2, 1858: Baylor 4
  • 10. Jan. 7, 1859: Baylor 8
  • 11. Feb. 15, 1859: NYPL and Baylor 9
  • 12. Mar. 27, 1859: Baylor 6
  • 13. Aug. 2, 1859: Baylor 28
  • 14. Aug. 7, 1859: Baylor 12
  • 15. Aug. 11, 1859: BM A2550
  • 16. Sept. 9,1859: Baylor 13
  • 17. Nov. 30, 1859: BM A2553
  • 18. Dec. 29, 1859: Baylor 18
  • 19. Jan. 1, 1860: Baylor 16
  • 20. January 1860: Baylor 3
  • 21. January 1860: Baylor 15
  • 22. Feb. 8, 1860: Baylor 18
  • 23. March 27, 1860: Missing
  • 24. April 19, 1860: Baylor 19
  • 25. May 2, 1860: Baylor 20
  • 26. May 10, 1860: Baylor 56
  • 27. May 19, 1860: Baylor 5
  • 28. Dec. 3, 1860: Baylor 21
  • 29. Dec. 8, 1860: Baylor 23
  • 30. Dec. 12, 1860: Baylor 22
  • 31. Dec. 27, 1860: Baylor 24
  • 32. Jan. 21, 1861: Baylor 26
  • 33. January 1861: Baylor 25
  • 34. c. Jan. 25, 1861: Baylor 34
  • 35. May 13, 1861: Baylor 27
  • 36. June 23, 1861: Baylor 33
  • 37. June 24, 1861: Baylor 31
  • 38. June 25, 1861: Baylor 30
  • 39. June 26, 1861: Baylor 32
  • 40. Aug. 22, 1861: Baylor 35
  • 41. Aug. 31, 1861: Baylor 36
  • 42. Sept. 9, 1861: Baylor 37
  • 43. Sept. 17, 1861: Baylor 38
  • 44. January 1862: Baylor 40
  • 45. Feb. 6, 1862: Baylor 39
  • 46. Feb. 15, 1862: Baylor 41
  • 47. March 7, 1862: Baylor 42
  • 48. March 25, 1862: Baylor 43
  • 49. June 19, 1862: BM A2553
  • 50. July 19, 1862: Baylor 44
  • 51. July 26, 1862: BM A2550
  • 52. Aug. 1, 1862: Baylor 45
  • 53. Aug. 18, 1862: Baylor 46
  • 54. Sept. 19, 1862: Baylor 47
  • 55. Oct. 18, 1862: Baylor 48
  • 56. Nov. 19, 1862: Baylor 49
  • 57. Dec. 19, 1862: Baylor 50
  • 58. Jan. 19, 1863: BM A2535
  • 59. Feb. 19, 1863: Baylor 51
  • 60. March 19, 1863: Baylor 67
  • 61. April 19, 1863: Baylor 53
  • 62. May 19, 1863: Baylor 54 and 55
  • 63. July 19, 1863: Yale
  • 64. Aug. 19, 1863: Baylor 57
  • 65. Sept. 19, 1863: Baylor 58
  • 66. Nov. 19, 1863: Baylor 59
  • 67. Dec. 19, 1863: BM A2550
  • 68. Jan. 19, 1864: Baylor 60
  • 69. Feb. 8, 1864: Missing
  • 70. March 19, 1864: Baylor 52
  • 71. Aug. 19, 1864: Baylor 61
  • 72. Sept. 19, 1864: Missing
  • 73. Oct. 19, 1864: BM A2550
  • 74. Nov. 19, 1864: Baylor 62
  • 75. Dec. 19, 1864: Baylor 63
  • 76. Jan. 19, 1865: Baylor 64
  • 77. Feb. 19, 1865: Baylor 65
  • 78. March 18, 1865: Baylor 66
  • 79. April 19, 1865: Baylor 68
  • 80. May 19, 1865: Baylor 69
  • 81. Aug. 19, 1865: BM A2536
  • 82. Sept. 19, 1865: Baylor 70
  • 83. Oct. 19, 1865: Baylor 71
  • 84. Dec. 19, 1865: Baylor 72
  • 85. Feb. 19, 1866: Baylor 73
  • 86. March 19, 1866: Baylor 74
  • 87. April 22, 1866: Baylor 75
  • 88. May 19, 1866: NYPL
  • 89. June 20, 1866: BM A2547
  • 90. July 13, 1866: Baylor 76
  • 91. Aug. 7, 1866: BM A2548
  • 92. Sept. 24, 1866: BM A2548
  • 93. Oct. 19, 1866: Baylor 77
  • 94. Nov. 26, 1866: Baylor 78
  • 95. Feb. 19, 1867: BM A2553
  • 96. March 21, 1867: Missing
  • 97. March 29, 1867: Baylor 79
  • 98. April 23, 1867: Baylor 80
  • 99. May 22, 1867: Baylor 81
  • 100. June 19, 1867: Baylor 83
  • 101. July 19, 1867: T. L. Hood
  • 102. Aug. 19, 1867: BM A2548
  • 103. Sept. 19, 1867: BM A2548
  • 104. Nov. 19, 1867: Baylor 86
  • 105. Dec. 31, 1867: Baylor 87
  • 106. Jan. 19, 1868: Baylor 88
  • 107. Feb. 20, 1868: Baylor 89
  • 108. March 19, 1868(?): Baylor 91
  • 109. June 16, 1868: Baylor 90
  • 110. June 19, 1868: Missing
  • 111. Aug. 28, 1868: NYPL
  • 112. Oct. 19, 1868: Baylor 92
  • 113. Nov. 12, 1868: Baylor 93
  • 114. Dec. 17, 1868: Baylor 94
  • 115. January 1869: Baylor 85
  • 116. Feb. 19, 1869: Baylor 95
  • 117. April 19, 1869: Baylor 96
  • 118. May 16, 1869: Baylor 97
  • 119. June 19, 1869: Baylor 84
  • 120. June 24, 1869: Baylor 98
  • 121. Aug. 28, 1869: Baylor 99
  • 122. Sept. 19, 1869: Baylor 100
  • 123. Oct. 19, 1869: Baylor 101
  • 124. Jan. 19, 1870: BM A2553
  • 125. Feb. 24, 1870: Baylor 102
  • 126. March 22, 1870: BM A2551
  • 127. April 21, 1870: Baylor 103
  • 128. June 19, 1870: BM A2551
  • 129. July 2, 1870: Baylor 104
  • 130. July 19, 1870: BM A2553
  • 131. Aug. 9, 1870: Baylor
  • 132. Aug. 19, 1870: BM A2552
  • 133. Sept. 19, 1870: Baylor 105
  • 134. Oct. 19, 1870: BM A2552
  • 135. Nov. 21, 1870: Baylor 106
  • 136. Dec. 30, 1870: Baylor 107
  • 137. Jan. 23, 1871: Baylor 108
  • 138. April 25, 1871: Baylor 109
  • 139. May 21, 1871: Baylor 110
  • 140. July 19, 1871: BM A2538
  • 141. Aug. 19, 1871: Baylor 111
  • 142. Oct. 1, 1871: Baylor 112
  • 143. Nov. 8, 1871: Baylor 113
  • 144. Dec. 29, 1871: Baylor 114
  • 145. Jan. 25, 1872: Baylor 115
  • 146. Feb. 19, 1872: Baylor 116
  • 147. March 30, 1872: Baylor 117
  • 148. April 30, 1872: Baylor 118
  • 149. May 22, 1872: Baylor 119
  • 150. June 1872: Baylor 124
  • 151. July 3, 1872: Missing
  • 152. Aug. 27, 1872: Baylor 119a
  • 153. Sept. 19, 1872: Baylor 120
  • 154. Nov. 1, 1872: Baylor 121
  • Appendix
  • Index

Editorial Reviews

"A first-class piece of scholarship that only Robert Browning himself could fail to appreciate." - New Yorker