Robert Browning

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RB wrote thirty-one books of poetry (excluding numerous collected editions) and became the most influential practitioner of the dramatic monologue in the Victorian period. He also wrote literary criticism and two plays that were staged. His poetry's conversational phrasing, challenging syntax, quotidian imagery, and philosophical preoccupations respond to romanticism and anticipate modernism. He has become one of the most prominent among canonical Victorian poets.

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7 May 1812
RB , poet, was born in Southampton Street, Camberwell, near London.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Thomas, Donald. Robert Browning: A Life Within Life. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1982.
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March 1833
RB 's first publication, Pauline, an autobiographical poem, appeared anonymously.
Irvine, William, and Park Honan. The Book, the Ring, and the Poet: A Biography of Robert Browning. McGraw-Hill, 1974.
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Mitchell, Sally, editor. Victorian Britain: An Encyclopedia. Garland Press, 1988.
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17 November 1855
RB published his poetry collection Men and Women.
Irvine, William, and Park Honan. The Book, the Ring, and the Poet: A Biography of Robert Browning. McGraw-Hill, 1974.
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Browning, Robert. “Editorial Materials”. Robert Browning’s Poetry: Authoritative Texts, Criticism, edited by James F. Loucks, W. W. Norton, 1979, p. various pages.
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12 December 1889
RB , poet, died in the Palazzo Rezzonico, Venice, Italy.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
12 December 1889
On the day of his death, RB 's last volume of poetry, Asolando: Fancies and Facts, was published.
Irvine, William, and Park Honan. The Book, the Ring, and the Poet: A Biography of Robert Browning. McGraw-Hill, 1974.
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Biography

Birth

7 May 1812
RB , poet, was born in Southampton Street, Camberwell, near London.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Thomas, Donald. Robert Browning: A Life Within Life. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1982.
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