Robert Browning: A Life After Death

by Pamela Neville-Sington | Biographies & Memoirs | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0753818647 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingCordelia-annewing of Decatur, Georgia USA on 7/27/2013
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Journal Entry 1 by wingCordelia-annewing from Decatur, Georgia USA on Saturday, July 27, 2013
O lyric Love, half angel and half bird
And all a wonder and a wild desire,
Boldest of hearts that ever braved the sun.

Robert Barrett Browning's verses recalling Elizabeth Barrett Browning from Book I: The Ring and the Book.

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When his beloved wife died in 1861, Robert Browning's world changed forever. He left Italy, his home for the last fifteen years (the whole of his married life) and returned to London with his career in tatters and a twelve-year-old son who spoke better Italian than English. Henry James said of Browning that there would be 'no more interesting chapter of his biography than that of his return from his long Italian absence, stricken and lonely...to address himself to a future indefinite and obscure'. Pamela Neville-Sington has taken her cue from the novelist and begins her life of Robert Browning with the death of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. After her death Browning knew he had to break free from Elizabeth's influence to find a way to survive - to live, possibly to love, and to write - without her. He sought to put his marriage behind him, yet the desire to cling to her memory - and to preserve the myth surrounding their life together - was overwhelming. As the story unfolds, we witness Browning's struggle to raise young Pen alone and at the same time to rediscover his poetic inspiration. We also see a lonely man drawn dangerously close to three very different women - the sensitive Julia Wedgwood, the adoring American Katharine Bronson, and the impetuous Louisa, Lady Ashburton.

Journal Entry 2 by wingCordelia-annewing at Decatur, Georgia USA on Saturday, August 12, 2023
Evaluating my Mount To Be Read this morning, I found this biography. I encountered it online and ordered it from Powells ten years ago. It looks like a very worthwhile book by the late scholar and biographer, Pamela A. Neville-Sington, who was an authority on the life and works of Fanny Trollope, Anthony Trollope, and Robert Browning. This 2004 book was described as "the best popular Browning biography for the past 60 years" and as having "the quality of a superior Victorian novel". I have always admired Browning. I suppose that's why I ordered this book. I think that I will hope to read it within the next year.

Journal Entry 3 by wingCordelia-annewing at DuPree Park On Neese Road in Woodstock, Georgia USA on Thursday, April 25, 2024

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