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Robert Browning (1) [1812–1889]

This page covers the author of The Pied Piper of Hamelin.

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Robert Browning was the son of a well-to-do clerk in the Bank of England. He was educated by private tutors and from his own reading in his father's library and elsewhere. Browning's first publication was Pauline (1833). The work made no stir at all. The following year Browning went to St. Petersburg and from there to Italy. On his return to England in 1835 he published Paracelsus, a dramatic poem based on the life of the fifteenth-century magician and alchemist. Browning next attempted a play. Strafford was the first of the poet's dramatic failures; it ran only five nights at Covent Garden in 1836. An obscure and difficult poem, Sordello, appeared in 1840. It did a great deal toward giving Browning a reputation for being unintelligible and for limiting the circles of his readers. The most important event in Browning's life occurred in 1846, when he married Elizabeth Barrett. The marriage brought a new lightness and openness of voice to Browning's verse during the next 21 years, resulting in the great dramatic monologues of Men and Women in 1855 and the epic The Ring and the Book in 1867. It is not that these are the most beautiful poems of the Victorian Age, but they are the most perceptive; they reveal more clearly the men and women who speak the monologues, and the poet who conceived them, than any comparable works of the century. In the last two decades of his life Browning produced only a few great poems but much were grotesque and fantastic. He turned, too, to translations and transcriptions from the Greek tragedies; in spite of some powerful passages, these were not highly successful Robert Browning died in Italy in 1889. His body lies in Westminster Abbey. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from The Pied Piper of Hamelin… (more)
The Pied Piper of Hamelin 1,129 copies, 16 reviews
The Poems of Robert Browning 778 copies, 3 reviews
Selected poems of Robert Browning 616 copies, 5 reviews
The Ring and the Book 518 copies, 4 reviews
My Last Duchess and Other Poems 345 copies, 1 review
Men and Women 86 copies
Pippa Passes 58 copies, 2 reviews
Christmas Eve 19 copies, 2 reviews
Browning 18 copies
Classic Love Poems 18 copies, 4 reviews
Dramatic Lyrics 16 copies
Selected Poetry 15 copies
Poems and Letters (Author) 15 copies
Sordello 9 copies
Shorter Poems 8 copies
My Last Duchess 8 copies, 1 review
The Inn Album 7 copies
Poems-Poesie 6 copies
Paracelsus 6 copies
Saul 4 copies
Dearest Isa 4 copies
Poems of Robert Browning (Author) 3 copies
Jocoseria 2 copies
Some poems 2 copies
In a balcony 2 copies
Lyric Love 1 copy
Selections 1 copy
V 6 1 copy
SAVL 1 copy
Flowers 1 copy
Cleon 1 copy
Let Me Count The Ways (Author) 1 copy
My Last Dutchess {poem} 1 copy, 1 review
One Hundred and One Famous Poems (Contributor, some editions) 1,833 copies, 17 reviews
Myths of the Norsemen: From the Eddas and Sagas (Contributor, some editions) 1,286 copies, 8 reviews
The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (Contributor) 1,175 copies, 9 reviews
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (Contributor, some editions) 882 copies, 7 reviews
Agamemnon (Translator, some editions) 717 copies, 16 reviews
The Nation's Favourite Poems (Contributor) 600 copies, 7 reviews
A Treasury of the World's Best Loved Poems (Contributor) 493 copies, 4 reviews
The Victorian Fairytale Book (Contributor) 437 copies, 3 reviews
The Spy's Bedside Book (Contributor) 337 copies, 1 review
Literature: The Human Experience (Contributor) 327 copies
The Treasure Chest (My Book House) (Contributor) 237 copies, 1 review
Love Letters (Contributor) 173 copies, 1 review
Dragons, Elves, and Heroes (Contributor) 120 copies
Major British Writers, Volumes I and II (Contributor) 119 copies, 1 review
Robert Browning (Featured Artist) 106 copies, 1 review
The Standard Book of British and American Verse (Contributor) 105 copies, 1 review
The Norton Book of Friendship (Contributor) 92 copies
Storytelling and Other Poems (Childcraft) (Contributor) 87 copies, 2 reviews
A Book of Narrative Verse (Contributor) 60 copies, 1 review
Prose and Poetry for Appreciation (Contributor) 44 copies
Key Words Reading Scheme: The Open Door to Reading (Contributor) 43 copies, 1 review
The Pied Piper of Hamelin [1957 film] (Poem) 37 copies, 1 review
The Vintage Book of Classic Crime (Contributor) 33 copies
AQA Anthology (Author, some editions) 19 copies
English Narrative Poems (Contributor) 11 copies
Men and Women: The Poetry of Love (Contributor) 7 copies
An Adult's Garden of Bloomers (Contributor) 7 copies
Poetry anthology (Contributor, some editions) 6 copies
La poesía inglesa románticos y victorianos (Contributor) 4 copies, 1 review
Love & Marriage (Contributor) 2 copies
The Brownings for the young (Contributor) 2 copies

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