By M. Garrett

A number of thousand letters to and from Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning have survived, including different info at the composition and context of works from Barrett's 'Lines on advantage' written on the age of 8 in 1814 to Browning's Asolando (1889). The Chronology seeks to lead readers via this mass of fabric in 3 major sections: adolescence, contrasting early backgrounds and careers, and transforming into curiosity in each one other's paintings to 1845; courtship, marriage, Italy, and paintings together with Aurora Leigh and ladies and men (1845-61); Browning's later lifetime of relentless socializing and prolific writing from his go back to London to his dying in Venice in 1889. The publication presents not just particular courting yet a lot topic on such issues because the Brownings' broad studying in English, French and classical literature, their many friendships, and their occasionally conflicting political views.

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December 27 (Wed) She has read Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and tells MRM that she thanks the writer ‘in my heart of hearts’ for the scenes involving Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromso - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-24 46 1844 47 January EBB’s ‘The Lady’s Yes. A Song’ (1844) appears in Graham’s Magazine. February 8 (Thurs) She receives revises of A New Spirit, returning most of the sheets by 12. At mid-month she and RB both, unaware of each other ’s involvement, provide ‘mottoes’ for the chapters.

J. Fox. RB sends him a copy of Paracelsus. December c. 2 (Wed) The Barretts move to 74 Gloucester Place, London. 7–8 Macready reads Paracelsus and finds it daring, sometimes obscure, and evidence that RB ‘can scarcely fail to be a leading spirit of his time’. On 31 Macready entertains a group including RB and Forster, who meet for the first time. Afterwards Macready notes in his diary that RB ‘looks and speaks more like a youthful poet than any man I ever saw’. 1836 This year or later RB begins learning Hebrew.

Com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromso - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-24 18 1833 19 1833 January RB completes Pauline (probably). February 1 (Fri) His father gives him a 1795 copy of Bernard de Mandeville’s Fable of the Bees (1714), a work eventually drawn on in the ‘Parleying With Bernard Mandeville’ (Parleyings, 1887). March 7 (Thurs)? RB’s Pauline: a Fragment of a Confession is published, anonymously, by Saunders and Otley. Publication and advertising are paid for (£30) by his aunt, Christiana Silverthorne.

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