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Aurora Leigh [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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Book Description

OF writing many books there is no end;
And I who have written much in prose and verse
For others' uses, will write now for mine,
Will write my story for my better self,
As when you paint your portrait for a friend,
Who keeps it in a drawer and looks at it
Long after he has ceased to love you, just
To hold together what he was and is.

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When 'Aurora Leigh' was first published in 1856, mature matrons claimed to have been corrupted by it, and impressionable young ladies were forbidden to read it. More than a century later Elizabeth Barrett Browning's vigorous and impassioned verse-novel has lost none of its vitality. At the heart of the story is Aurora Leigh herself, an aspiring poet of independent spirit, rebelling against the stifling constraints of Victorian middle-class society and struggling for self-expression; but through Aurora's relationship with both her cousin Romney Leigh, a naive social reformer, and Marian Erle, a woman of the social underclass, despised and abused, the tale exposes the hypocrisy and repressive social attitudes of Victorian England.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Up there with Shakespeare 12 Sept. 2012
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Surely one of the top five 19th century poets, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, bring the spectacular life of Aurora Leigh to gloriously vivid life. Running the length of a novel, but written in, truly amazingly, blank verse, this is the epic story of a young woman taking on the formidable might of the Victorian male establishment, and emerging victorious. Long before 'Womens Lib', Elizabeth Barrett Browning used her writing to show society that women were a force that should not be messed with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great piece of English literature 18 Jan. 2014
By B. Koo
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I came across this work while reading Arnold Bennett's book. He recommended Aurora Leigh for refining one's mind and perceptiveness to the beauty and sophistication of English language. It was more than a decade after reading his recommendation that I read this work, and I was pleasantly surprised by the good storyline and insightfulness the author managed to put in the form of regular metrical lines.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking 10 Mar. 2014
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Worth reading and pondering to gain insights into author's life and thoughts about our own.A considered and exacting autobiographical poem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As If Jane Eyre Were Written by Shakespeare 28 Oct. 2005
By P. Schumacher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Having been brought up on the notion that Elizabeth Barrett Browning was the slighter and less-talented adjunct poet of her husband Robert, I was pleased to find I was wrong.

She's terrific.

This is a brilliant work, full of dazzling poetry and insights.

It's loaded with allusions and references (I read the Penguin edition; and the notes there run for many, many pages--and these barely skim the surface), but it is remarkably accessible and fun.

This is a work full of wisdom and unusual perspectives. Luminous and grand and down-to-earth all at once. Imagine Jane Eyre written by Shakespeare.

It's an education in Victorian (upper-middle-class) England, and also the Victorian English infatuation with Italy. It's also a biting and incisive feminist portrait, full of rebellion and self-discovery.

I strongly recommend it to anyone who likes poetry, or Victorian novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing achievement 20 May 2001
By Daniel Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
E.B.B. set out to outstrip Milton and does so in an amazingly original way. Aurora Leigh is a novel in blank verse that is actually longer than Paradise Lost! She combines the genre expectations for a woman writer--the novel--with an audacious bid for poetic immortality. The book tells a good story but it also works as a formidable reminder to her contemporary poets that the novel is taking over and poets must make sure that they are writing in the spirit of the age.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Aurora Leigh from general books publishers 18 July 2011
By Nancy L. Pridgen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I bought this book (General Books edition) from Amazon, and am more than disappointed with it. It is scanned and unedited. It is illegible! Now I will have to buy another copy from a reputable publisher. EBB's poem is wonderful! This edition is simply unreadable!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bravo! 8 Mar. 2013
By Barbaraella - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
You really must read this poem / novel by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. It's a page turner! I am very glad to see it offered here and for an affordable price on your kindle. Do not hesitate. Unfortunately we do not know whose transcription of the poem is used here. The original manuscript of this long poem is like a spider's web. This could be a copy of one of the 19th century editions of this very popular poem. Again, we have no way of knowing from the information provided here. But as it is so good to see this at an affordable price for readers I say go for it. At the very least you will experience the majesty of her writing and thoughts: a true gift to humanity. Once you've read this I suggest looking for one of the editions transcribed and annotated by contemporary scholars. The annotations will be eye opening for you.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Errors of transcript 8 April 2014
By Ines Simoes Coelho - Published on Amazon.com
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This Kindle text, as many that I have bought through Amazon, is full of mistakes which completely ruin the pleasure of reading.

When the "computer" doesn't know what to make of the text it simply substitutes it with a "?" or a "%" in the middle of the poem!!!

I am nearly giving up in buying kindle books as I pay for a bad service and I might as well just get them free/pirate versions that are just as good. Kindle versions are expensive and shoddy - a real disappointment.
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