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Elizabeth Barrett Browning was recognized in her lifetime as one of the most important poets of mid-Victorian Britain. She wrote a significant corpus of poetry which ranges from the lyric through the closet drama or dramatic lyric and the dramatic monologue to the epic, as well as letters and criticism. For much of the twentieth century, interest in her focused on her romantic life-story, her letters, and Sonnets from the Portuguese. Late in the century, critical interest in her epic female künstlerroman or verse novel Aurora Leigh and her other political poetry—in which she took up the causes of working-class children, the abolition of slavery, women's issues, and the Italian Risorgimento—revived. She is again considered one of the leading and most influential voices of her day.
6 March 1806 EBB was born Elizabeth Barrett Moulton Barrett at Coxhoe Hall, five miles from Durham.  Bibliographic Citation link.
August 1845-Spring 1846 Elizabeth Barrett wrote the series of "Sonnets from the Portuguese": the 43rd, the penultimite one of the series, became one of the most famous love poems in the language: "How Do I Love Thee?" Bibliographic Citation link.
15 November 1856 EBB's epic feminist verse novel and künstlerroman, Aurora Leigh, appeared in London with an imprint of 1857. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 21 May 1861 EBB had written her final composition, "The North and the South", in honour of Hans Christian Andersen, who visited her in Rome at this time. It appeared in print the following year in Last Poems. Bibliographic Citation link.
29 June 1861 EBB died at Casa Guidi in Florence. Bibliographic Citation link.
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