Dearest Isa: Robert Brownings letters to Isabella Blagden

Paperback | January 1, 1951

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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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 mont...

Robert Browning was the son of a well-to-do clerk in the Bank of England. He was educated by private tutors and from his own reading in his father's library and elsewhere. Browning's first publication was Pauline (1833). The work made no stir at all. The following year Browning went to St. Petersburg and from there to Italy. On his ret...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:452 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:January 1, 1951Publisher:University Of Texas Press

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PrefaceCue-Titles, Abbreviations, and SymbolsIntroductionLetters (Number. Date: Manuscript)1. c. 1850: Baylor 292. Aug. 1, 1857: Baylor 73. February, 1858: Baylor 174. July 3, 1858: Baylor 15. July 8, 1858: Baylor 26. Aug. 1, 1858: Baylor 107. Sept. 4, 1858: BM A25508. Sept. 11, 1858: Baylor 119. c. Oct. 2, 1858: Baylor 410. Jan. 7, 1859: Baylor 811. Feb. 15, 1859: NYPL and Baylor 912. Mar. 27, 1859: Baylor 613. Aug. 2, 1859: Baylor 2814. Aug. 7, 1859: Baylor 1215. Aug. 11, 1859: BM A255016. Sept. 9,1859: Baylor 1317. Nov. 30, 1859: BM A255318. Dec. 29, 1859: Baylor 1819. Jan. 1, 1860: Baylor 1620. January 1860: Baylor 321. January 1860: Baylor 1522. Feb. 8, 1860: Baylor 1823. March 27, 1860: Missing24. April 19, 1860: Baylor 1925. May 2, 1860: Baylor 2026. May 10, 1860: Baylor 5627. May 19, 1860: Baylor 528. Dec. 3, 1860: Baylor 2129. Dec. 8, 1860: Baylor 2330. Dec. 12, 1860: Baylor 2231. Dec. 27, 1860: Baylor 2432. Jan. 21, 1861: Baylor 2633. January 1861: Baylor 2534. c. Jan. 25, 1861: Baylor 3435. May 13, 1861: Baylor 2736. June 23, 1861: Baylor 3337. June 24, 1861: Baylor 3138. June 25, 1861: Baylor 3039. June 26, 1861: Baylor 3240. Aug. 22, 1861: Baylor 3541. Aug. 31, 1861: Baylor 3642. Sept. 9, 1861: Baylor 3743. Sept. 17, 1861: Baylor 3844. January 1862: Baylor 4045. Feb. 6, 1862: Baylor 3946. Feb. 15, 1862: Baylor 4147. March 7, 1862: Baylor 4248. March 25, 1862: Baylor 4349. June 19, 1862: BM A255350. July 19, 1862: Baylor 4451. July 26, 1862: BM A255052. Aug. 1, 1862: Baylor 4553. Aug. 18, 1862: Baylor 4654. Sept. 19, 1862: Baylor 4755. Oct. 18, 1862: Baylor 4856. Nov. 19, 1862: Baylor 4957. Dec. 19, 1862: Baylor 5058. Jan. 19, 1863: BM A253559. Feb. 19, 1863: Baylor 5160. March 19, 1863: Baylor 6761. April 19, 1863: Baylor 5362. May 19, 1863: Baylor 54 and 5563. July 19, 1863: Yale64. Aug. 19, 1863: Baylor 5765. Sept. 19, 1863: Baylor 5866. Nov. 19, 1863: Baylor 5967. Dec. 19, 1863: BM A255068. Jan. 19, 1864: Baylor 6069. Feb. 8, 1864: Missing70. March 19, 1864: Baylor 5271. Aug. 19, 1864: Baylor 6172. Sept. 19, 1864: Missing73. Oct. 19, 1864: BM A255074. Nov. 19, 1864: Baylor 6275. Dec. 19, 1864: Baylor 6376. Jan. 19, 1865: Baylor 6477. Feb. 19, 1865: Baylor 6578. March 18, 1865: Baylor 6679. April 19, 1865: Baylor 6880. May 19, 1865: Baylor 6981. Aug. 19, 1865: BM A253682. Sept. 19, 1865: Baylor 7083. Oct. 19, 1865: Baylor 7184. Dec. 19, 1865: Baylor 7285. Feb. 19, 1866: Baylor 7386. March 19, 1866: Baylor 7487. April 22, 1866: Baylor 7588. May 19, 1866: NYPL89. June 20, 1866: BM A254790. July 13, 1866: Baylor 7691. Aug. 7, 1866: BM A254892. Sept. 24, 1866: BM A254893. Oct. 19, 1866: Baylor 7794. Nov. 26, 1866: Baylor 7895. Feb. 19, 1867: BM A255396. March 21, 1867: Missing97. March 29, 1867: Baylor 7998. April 23, 1867: Baylor 8099. May 22, 1867: Baylor 81100. June 19, 1867: Baylor 83101. July 19, 1867: T. L. Hood102. Aug. 19, 1867: BM A2548103. Sept. 19, 1867: BM A2548104. Nov. 19, 1867: Baylor 86105. Dec. 31, 1867: Baylor 87106. Jan. 19, 1868: Baylor 88107. Feb. 20, 1868: Baylor 89108. March 19, 1868(?): Baylor 91109. June 16, 1868: Baylor 90110. June 19, 1868: Missing111. Aug. 28, 1868: NYPL112. Oct. 19, 1868: Baylor 92113. Nov. 12, 1868: Baylor 93114. Dec. 17, 1868: Baylor 94115. January 1869: Baylor 85116. Feb. 19, 1869: Baylor 95117. April 19, 1869: Baylor 96118. May 16, 1869: Baylor 97119. June 19, 1869: Baylor 84120. June 24, 1869: Baylor 98121. Aug. 28, 1869: Baylor 99122. Sept. 19, 1869: Baylor 100123. Oct. 19, 1869: Baylor 101124. Jan. 19, 1870: BM A2553125. Feb. 24, 1870: Baylor 102126. March 22, 1870: BM A2551127. April 21, 1870: Baylor 103128. June 19, 1870: BM A2551129. July 2, 1870: Baylor 104130. July 19, 1870: BM A2553131. Aug. 9, 1870: Baylor132. Aug. 19, 1870: BM A2552133. Sept. 19, 1870: Baylor 105134. Oct. 19, 1870: BM A2552135. Nov. 21, 1870: Baylor 106136. Dec. 30, 1870: Baylor 107137. Jan. 23, 1871: Baylor 108138. April 25, 1871: Baylor 109139. May 21, 1871: Baylor 110140. July 19, 1871: BM A2538141. Aug. 19, 1871: Baylor 111142. Oct. 1, 1871: Baylor 112143. Nov. 8, 1871: Baylor 113144. Dec. 29, 1871: Baylor 114145. Jan. 25, 1872: Baylor 115146. Feb. 19, 1872: Baylor 116147. March 30, 1872: Baylor 117148. April 30, 1872: Baylor 118149. May 22, 1872: Baylor 119150. June 1872: Baylor 124151. July 3, 1872: Missing152. Aug. 27, 1872: Baylor 119a153. Sept. 19, 1872: Baylor 120154. Nov. 1, 1872: Baylor 121AppendixIndex

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