Aurora Leigh and Other Poems

Aurora Leigh and Other Poems

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By (author) Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Edited by John Robert Glorney Bolton, Edited by Julia Bolton Holloway

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 544 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 36mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 1 March 1996
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140434127
  • ISBN 13: 9780140434125
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: notes
  • Sales rank: 47,593

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"Aurora Leigh" (1856), Elizabeth Barrett Browning's epic novel in blank verse, tells the story of the making of a woman poet, exploring 'the woman question', art and its relation to politics and social oppression. The texts in this selection are based in the main on the earliest printed versions of the poems. What Edgar Allan Poe called 'her wild and magnificent genius' is abundantly in evidence. In addition to "Aurora Leigh", this volume contains poetry from the several volumes of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's published poetry from 1826 to 1862, including "Casa Guidi Windows" (1851), "Songs for the Ragged Schools of London" (1854) and the British Library manuscript text of the 'Sonnets from the Portuguese' (1846) which records her courtship with Robert Browning.

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) - nee Barrett English poet, the wife of Robert Browning, the most respected and successful woman poet of the Victorian period.

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"Her ardour and abundance, her brilliant descriptive powers, her shrewd and caustic humour infect us with her own enthusiasm. We laugh, we protest, we complain - it is absurd, it is impossible, we cannot tolerate this exaggeration a moment longer - but, nevertheless, we read to the end enthralled. What more can an author ask?" --Virginia Woolf

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Wrote Virginia Woolf of Aurora Leigh in 1931. 'We laugh, we protest, we complain - it is absurd, it is impossible, we cannot tolerate this exaggeration a moment longer - but, nevertheless, we read to the end enthralled. What more can an author ask?' Aurora Leigh (1856), Elizabeth Barrett Browning's epic novel in blank verse, tells the story of the making of a woman poet, exploring 'the woman question', art and its relation to politics and social oppression. In addition to Aurora Leigh, this volume contains poetry from the several volumes of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's published poetry from 1826 to 1862, including The Cry of the Children (1843), Casa Guidi Windows (1851) and the British Library manuscript text of the 'Sonnets from the Portuguese' which records her courtship with Robert Browning.