Elizabeth Barrett Browning: 21st-Century Oxford Authors

Hardcover | July 12, 2014

EditorJosie Billington, Philip Davis

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The Barret Browning volume in the 21st Century Oxford Authors series offers a comprehensive selection of the works of one of the nineteenth-century's most famous poets. The revaluation of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's work by feminist scholars has made her an established (indeed standard)author in university syllabuses in Britain and in America. Yet the emphasis upon her contribution to a female tradition has tended to rigidify Barrett Browning's contribution to English literary culture in the nineteenth century, just as her popular image as ringleted-invalid-turned-romantic-heroineserved sentimentally to eclipse her role as a literary pioneer. This edition complements or corrects these emphases by being the first edition dedicated to witnessing the progress and growth of the poet's creative direction - from her juvenilia through to her major achievements and beyond. In keeping with the aims of the series, the selection honours the original sequencing of the published works as the best means of indicating the contours of Barrett Browning's poetic career. Thus, following fairly limited selections from published juvenilia, The Battle of Marathon (1820) and 'AnEssay on Mind' and Other Poems (1826) and from 'Prometheus Bound' and Miscellaneous Poems (1833), there are more extensive selections from 'The Seraphim' and Other Poems (1838), from Poems 1844 and from Poems 1850 including the full text of Sonnets from the Portuguese. Substantial excerpts from CasaGuidi Windows (1851) is followed by the full text of Aurora Leigh (1857) and by selections from the posthumous Last Poems (1862). These individual sections are supplemented by careful selections (also chronologically ordered) from the correspondence, including the courtship letters with RobertBrowning, and, where applicable, from poetry unpublished in the nineteenth century. The edition comes with full scholarly apparatus (introduction, chronology, explanatory notes), though it follows the series policy of recording only significant variants between editions.

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The Barret Browning volume in the 21st Century Oxford Authors series offers a comprehensive selection of the works of one of the nineteenth-century's most famous poets. The revaluation of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's work by feminist scholars has made her an established (indeed standard)author in university syllabuses in Britain and in...

Dr Josie Billington is a specialist in Victorian Literature who has published widely on nineteenth-century fiction and poetry - Faithful Realism (2002), (ed) Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters (2006), Eliot's Middlemarch (2008), Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Shakespeare (2012), (ed) Margaret Oliphant Novellas (2013) - and on inte...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:608 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:July 12, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199602883

ISBN - 13:9780199602889

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IntroductionChronologyA Note on the Selection and OrderingPart I: EARLY WORKS AND THE BARRETT FAMILY WRITINGS (1820-33)From The Battle of Marathon (1820)From (unpublished) 'Fragment of An Essay on Woman' (1822)From An Essay on Mind (1826)To My Father on His Birth-Day (1826)Song ('Weep as if you thought of laughter') (1826)Verses to my Brother (1826)Letter to Hugh Stuart Boyd (1828)Diary 1831-2From Preface to translation of Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound (1833)From translation of Prometheus Bound (1833)A True Dream (1833)PART II: THE SERAPHIM AND OTHER POEMS (1838), CORRESPONDENCE 1841-5From PrefaceFrom The SeraphimFrom The Poet's VowFrom The Romaunt of MargretThe Deserted GardenDeath of Bro (1840), Letters (1841-45)SECTION III: POEMS (1844)Dedication: To My FatherFrom PrefacePast and FutureIrreparablenessGriefTearsSubstitutionWork and ContemplationLetter to John Kenyonfrom A Drama of ExileAn ApprehensionTo George Sand: A RecognitionThe Soul's Expressionfrom The Lost BowerThe Lady's YesThe Cry of the ChildrenLady Geraldine's CourtshipSECTION IV: The Courtship Correspondence (1845-6)From the letters of EBB and Robert Browning (January 1845- April 1846SECTION V: POEMS 1850Sonnets from the PortugueseA Denial (1856)The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim's PointA ReedA Sabbath Morning at SeaA Woman's ShortcomingsA Man's RequirementsThe MaskSECTION VI: CASA GUIDI WINDOWS (1851)Advertisement to the First Edition from Part Ifrom Part IISECTION VII: AURORA LEIGH (1856)DedicationFirst BookSecond BookThird BookFourth BookFifth BookSixth BookSeventh BookEighth BookNinth BookSECTION VIII: LAST POEMS (1862)Bianca Among the NightingalesMother and PoetA Musical InstrumentLord Walter's WifeDiedMy Heart and IThe Best Thing in the WorldNOTES