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19 July 2001
This Elibron Classics book is a facsimile reprint of a 1911 edition by Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd., London.

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The son of Robert Browning, a Bank of England clerk, and Sarah Anna Wiedemann, of Scottish-German descent, Browning received little formal education. His learning was gleaned mainly from his Father's library at home in Camberwell, South London, where he learnt something, with his Father's help, of Latin and Greek and also read Shelly, Byron and Keats. Though he attended lectures at the University of London in 1828, Browning left after only one session. Apart from a visit to St Petersburg in 1834 and two visits to Italy in 1838 and 1844, Browning lived with his parents in London until his marriage of 1846. It was during this period that most of the plays and the earlier poems were written and, excepting Strafford, published at his family's expense. After the secretly held marriage to Elizabeth Barrett in 1846, Browning and wife travelled to Italy where they were, apart from brief holidays in France and England, to spend most of their married life together. In 1849 the couple had a son, Robert 'Pen' Browning, and it was Elizabeth who, during this time, was most productive. After her death in 1861, Browning returned to England with his son, where he achieved popular acclaim for his Dramatis Personae and The Ring and the Book. He spent the remainder of his life, excepting holidays in France, Scotland, Italy and Switzerland, in London where he wrote a number of dramatic poems, the two series of Dramatic Idylls (1879,1880) and poems on primarily classical subjects: Balaustion's Adventure (1871) and Aristophone's Apology (1875). He died in Venice whilst holidaying in 1889 and was buried at Westminster Abbey. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Description 5 Dec 2012
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The description of the book makes you think it it the poems, but it is an intellectual's musings and observations on the poetry of Robert Browning.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Tedious 30 Nov 2012
By Mrs.featherpicker - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm still trying to get through this. I was at first disappointed in that the actual poetry and writings seem to be lost in a fog of other writers and what they have to say either about themselves or Browning. I really wasn't looking for a history of the works. I suppose I can continue on and may eventually find what I was looking for. One read on this will most likely be "it".
UPDATE: Jan. 5, 2013
Well, I tried again to find something redeeming about this work. Just couldn't do it. Anthing that wears me out like this I really don't need. No point in taking up space on my Kindle with it. I will be deleting it from it and my library today.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT Browning's poetry. 5 Dec 2013
By Ben - Published on Amazon.com
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As already noted, this book is not, as the title would suggest, a collection of Browning's poetry. It is an extended essay on his work. I'm sure serious students of Browning would find it enlightening, but I was looking for a simple anthology. A simple description of the book on its Amazon page would clear this up.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No poetry 19 May 2013
By Rocabatus - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't understand why it's called "The Poetry of Robert Browning" when it's anything but. While there are some (very few) poems, they are scattered among someone else's (not Browning's) prose. Utterly useless.
5.0 out of 5 stars Browning is one of the great poets of all time 11 July 2013
By dragonfly - Published on Amazon.com
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who could not like Browning? this is a great addition to have in your Kindle library that you always have " shelved" to read again and again.
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