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  • Paperback: 584 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; New Ed edition (3 Jan. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393962989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393962987
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 382,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) was one of the most prominent poets of the Victorian era. Her poetry was widely popular in both England and the United States during her lifetime. Margaret Reynolds is Lecturer in English at the University of Birmingham. She is the editor of the variorum Aurora Leigh (Ohio University Press, 1992), Erotica (Pandora and Ballantine, 1990), and The Penguin Book of Lesbian Short Stories (1994). She is co-editor (with Angela Leighton) of Victorian Women Poets: An Anthology (Basil Blackwell, 1995). She is currently at work on Sappho's Companions.


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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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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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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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