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Elizabeth Barrett was born in Coxhoe Hall, Durham, England, in 1806. Most of her childhood was spent on her father's estate, reading the classics and writing poetry. An injury to her spine when she was fifteen, the shock of her brother's death by drowning in 1840 and an ogre-like father made her life dark. But she read and wrote, and no little volume of verse ever produced a richer return than her Poems of 1844. Robert Browning read the poems, liked them, and came to her rescue like Prince Charming in the fairy story. Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning were married on September 12, 1846. Barrett Browning's enduring fame has rested on two works-Poems (1850), containing Sonnets from the Portuguese, and Aurora Leigh (1857). The former is a celebration of woman as man's other half and the latter is a celebration of woman's potential to stand on her own. During the Edwardian and later periods, it was Sonnets from the Portuguese that embodied Barrett Browning. Since the rise of feminism, it has been Aurora Leigh. More recently, a third side of Barrett Browning has been revealed: the incisive critical and political commentator, seen in her letters. Elizabeth Barrett Browning died in Florence, Italy, in 1861. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Officially, her given names were "Elizabeth Barrett", and her family name "Moulton Barrett", but the Moulton part was rarely used. Before her marriage (Sept. 1846) she published as "Elizabeth Barrett Barrett; subsequently as "Elizabeth Barrett Browning".

Sonnets from the Portuguese 1,981 copies, 21 reviews
Aurora Leigh 403 copies, 2 reviews
Poems 77 copies
Love Sonnets 35 copies
Selected Poems 13 copies
Poems and Letters (Author) 13 copies
Last poems 4 copies
A Drama of Exile 2 copies, 1 review
Sonnet 43 2 copies
Let Me Count The Ways (Author) 1 copy
Browning 1 copy
Poems 1 copy
FREE: Classic Love Poems 1 copy, 1 review
Browning 1 copy
Poems, 1 copy
One Hundred and One Famous Poems (Contributor, some editions) 1,776 copies, 17 reviews
The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (Contributor) 1,118 copies, 9 reviews
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (Contributor, some editions) 863 copies, 7 reviews
Eric Carle's Dragons, Dragons (Contributor) 628 copies, 19 reviews
The Nation's Favourite Poems (Contributor) 581 copies, 7 reviews
The Assassin's Cloak: An Anthology of the World's Greatest Diarists (Contributor, some editions) 511 copies, 8 reviews
A Treasury of the World's Best Loved Poems (Contributor) 476 copies, 4 reviews
The Penguin Book of Women Poets (Contributor) 279 copies
Love Letters (Contributor) 167 copies, 1 review
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (Contributor) 108 copies

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The love story of Elizabeth Barrett, one of the most prominent poets of the Victorian era from a young age, and the poet and playwright Robert Browning, has itself inspired many works of fiction and biography. Their courtship had to be conducted in secret as her domineering father did not want his children to marry. After much planning, in 1846 the couple married in a private ceremony in London and then eloped to Paris. They went on to Italy, which became their home almost continuously until Elizabeth's death. In 1849, at the age of 43, between four miscarriages, she gave birth to a son, Robert Wiedemann Barrett Browning, whom they called Pen.
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Officially, her given names were "Elizabeth Barrett", and her family name "Moulton Barrett", but the Moulton part was rarely used. Before her marriage (Sept. 1846) she published as "Elizabeth Barrett Barrett; subsequently as "Elizabeth Barrett Browning".

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