Robert Browning

Standard Name: Browning, Robert
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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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death Alfred Tennyson
He was buried in Westminster Abbey on October 12, next to the grave of Robert Browning . His estate at death was valued at £57,206 13s. 9d.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Education Dora Greenwell
Thereafter, she taught herself, studying philosophy, Latin, German, Italian, French, political economy, and theology.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Dorling, William. Memoirs of Dora Greenwell. James Clarke, 1885.
She was very well read and took a particular interest in the writings of Caroline Norton , Felicia Hemans
Education Margaret Haig, Viscountess Rhondda
Taught by governesses until she was thirteen, Margaret Haig Thomas learned to read at about five. She was taught German and French, and she also learned Welsh as a child but did not retain it...
Education Ella Hepworth Dixon
EHD received a particularly comprehensive education, though she says she acquired only a small amount of knowledge, at the hands of private instructors, all of whom were male. (Her father disliked schools for young ladies...
Education Denise Levertov
DL never went to school, but was educated at home by her mother up to the age of twelve. She then began ballet lessons (for which she had a passion, but which caused her to...
Education Marjorie Bowen
To educate herself further, she read widely, setting herself literary exercises, writing verse imitating or dramatising Chaucer , Spenser , and Browning . However, she writes that at that time, I had read no really...
Education Frances Ridley Havergal
FRH was an avid reader within limits: her selection of material was mostly dictated by her religious interests. After receiving a copy of a book about literary women she commented, The sad sketch of L. E. L.
Education Constance Smedley
She later attended King Edward VI High School for Girls in Birmingham. While there she entered a competition for reciting poems by Robert Browning , and wrote to ask him for his own interpretation...
Education Jessie Fothergill
She acquired much knowledge through her voracious consumption of books: I loved books, and read all that I could get hold of, and have had many a rebuke for poring over those books instead of...
Education Millicent Garrett Fawcett
From twelve to fifteen, Millicent Garrett (later MGF ) was sent to a boarding school at Blackheath in Kent, run by a Miss [Louisa] Browning, who was an aunt of the poet Robert Browning .
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Strachey, Ray. Millicent Garrett Fawcett. J. Murray, 1931.
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Family and Intimate relationships Virginia Woolf
He was immensely influential. As editor of the Cornhill Magazine from 1871 to 1882, he published Henry James , Thomas Hardy , Matthew Arnold , Robert Browning , and George Meredith , among others.
Rosenbaum, S. P. “An Educated Man’s Daughter: Leslie Stephen, Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group”. Virginia Woolf: New Critical Essays, edited by Patricia Clements and Isobel Grundy, Vision; Barnes and Noble, 1983, pp. 32 -56.
Family and Intimate relationships Ella Hepworth Dixon
Ella's elder sister Edith , who also wrote and who was a friend of Penn Browning (son of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning ), died at the age of twenty-two.
Dixon, Ella Hepworth. "As I Knew Them". Huchinson, 1930.
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Family and Intimate relationships Alice Meynell
After a meeting in 1882, Robert Browning noted a familial link between the Thompsons and the Barretts .
Meynell, Viola. Alice Meynell: A Memoir. J. Cape, 1947.
Family and Intimate relationships Frances Eleanor Trollope
Dickens , on the other hand, though fond of both the Trollopes and the Ternans, apparently confided that he did not in the least care for Fanny, whom he judged, with evident misgivings, to be...
Family and Intimate relationships Kathleen E. Innes
Kathleen Royds and George Innes were married in Cove, Hampshire, by her brother-in-law Allan Watson .
Whether by design or coincidence, their marriage date was the same chosen in 1846 by Elizabeth Barrett and...


1 November 1907
The British Museum 's reading room reopened after being cleaned and redecorated; the dome was embellished with the names of canonical male writers, beginning with Chaucer and ending with Browning .