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Robert Browning (1) (1812–1889)

Author of The Pied Piper of Hamelin

For other authors named Robert Browning, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

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. show more 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) show less
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Works by Robert Browning

The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1842) 1,294 copies, 17 reviews
The Poems of Robert Browning (1907) 825 copies, 3 reviews
Selected poems of Robert Browning (1896) 669 copies, 5 reviews
Poetry for Young People: Robert Browning (1998) 558 copies, 3 reviews
The Ring and the Book (1912) 549 copies, 4 reviews
My Last Duchess and Other Poems (1993) 366 copies, 1 review
The Love Poems of Elizabeth And Robert Browning (1994) — Author — 235 copies, 1 review
The Poems and Plays of Robert Browning (1934) 220 copies, 2 reviews
Browning's Complete Poetical Works (1895) 159 copies, 1 review
Browning: A Selection by W. E. Williams (1954) 151 copies, 1 review
Men and Women (1963) 89 copies
Pippa Passes (1841) 59 copies, 2 reviews
Browning's Shorter Poems (1913) 51 copies
Selected Poetry of Robert Browning (1951) — Author — 51 copies
Dramatic Monologues (1991) 49 copies
A Pocket Poet Browning (1891) 36 copies
Christmas Eve (2004) 20 copies, 2 reviews
Classic Love Poems 18 copies, 4 reviews
Browning (1960) 18 copies
Dramatic Lyrics (1899) 16 copies
Selected Poetry (1956) 16 copies
Poems and Letters (2003) — Author — 16 copies
Selected Poetry of Browning (1951) 16 copies
Robert Browning's Poems (1896) 15 copies
The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1988) 15 copies
Dramatis personae (1864) 14 copies
Strafford - Sordello (1984) 13 copies
A Blot in the 'Scutcheon (2007) 12 copies
Fifine at the Fair (1872) 11 copies
Paracelsus (1898) 10 copies
The Shorter Poems Of Robert Browning (1934) — Author — 9 copies
Sordello (1913) 9 copies
A Day with Browning (1909) 9 copies
Tennyson and Browning (1947) 9 copies
Rabbi Ben Ezra (1910) 9 copies
Selected Poems of Robert Browning (1949) — Author — 9 copies
Selections from Browning (2009) 9 copies
Shorter Poems (1909) 8 copies
My Last Duchess (2015) 8 copies, 1 review
The Inn Album (1875) 7 copies
Poems-Poesie (1990) 6 copies
Porphyria's Lover (2015) 5 copies
Ferishtah's fancies (1884) 5 copies
Dramatic Romances (2003) 5 copies
Dearest Isa (1985) 5 copies
Robert Browning (1896) 5 copies
Choice of Verse (1967) 4 copies
Saul (1855) 4 copies
Dramatic Idylls (1879) 4 copies
Pauline : a fragment of a confession (2013) 4 copies, 1 review
Robert Browning 4 copies
Poetry and prose (1951) 4 copies
Poems of Robert Browning (1964) — Author — 3 copies
Home Thoughts from Abroad {poem} (1984) 3 copies, 1 review
In a balcony (1855) 3 copies
FRA LIPPO LIPPI. (1923) 3 copies
Poetical works, 1833-1858 (1902) 3 copies
Pippa Passes; And Men & Women. (1908) — Author — 3 copies
The Last Ride Together (2017) 3 copies
Selected Poetry of Robert Browning — Author — 2 copies
Some poems (1904) 2 copies
Collected Poems 2 copies
Robert Browning's Flowers (1986) 2 copies
Jocoseria (1883) 2 copies
Famous Poems 2 copies
ANDREA DEL SARTO (1923) 2 copies
Selections (1971) 1 copy
Lyric Love 1 copy
Poemas escogidos (1992) 1 copy
The Complete Works (2017) 1 copy
V 4 1 copy
V 5 1 copy
V 3 1 copy
V 2 1 copy
V 1 1 copy
Strafford 1 copy
Poems Vol. 1 1 copy
Dutchess May 1 copy
Poems Vol. 2 1 copy
V 6 1 copy
Monologhi 1 copy
POEMI 1 copy
Bells and Pomegranates (2019) 1 copy
My Last Dutchess {poem} 1 copy, 1 review
R. Browning 1 copy
PLAYS & POEMS (1920) 1 copy
Poems Vol. 2 1 copy
Poems Vol. 1 1 copy
Last Poems 1 copy
SAVL (2012) 1 copy
Flowers (1906) 1 copy
The Poetry of the Brownings (1947) — Author — 1 copy
Cleon 1 copy
Three Poems 1 copy
Let Me Count The Ways — Author — 1 copy
STRAFFORD A TRAGEDY (2018) 1 copy
BROWNING (1970) 1 copy

Associated Works

One Hundred and One Famous Poems (1916) — Contributor, some editions — 1,970 copies, 18 reviews
Myths of the Norsemen: From the Eddas and Sagas (1909) — Contributor, some editions — 1,538 copies, 8 reviews
The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000) — Contributor — 1,277 copies, 9 reviews
The Best Poems of the English Language: From Chaucer Through Robert Frost (2004) — Contributor — 1,067 copies, 3 reviews
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Contributor, some editions — 935 copies, 7 reviews
Agamemnon (0458) — Translator, some editions — 781 copies, 18 reviews
The Nation's Favourite Poems (1996) — Contributor — 628 copies, 7 reviews
English Poetry, Volume III: From Tennyson to Whitman (1909) — Contributor — 624 copies
A Treasury of the World's Best Loved Poems (1961) — Contributor — 526 copies, 4 reviews
The Victorian Fairytale Book (1988) — Contributor — 470 copies, 3 reviews
The Illustrated Treasury of Children's Literature, Volumes 1-2 (1955) — Contributor — 466 copies, 4 reviews
World Poetry: An Anthology of Verse from Antiquity to Our Time (1998) — Contributor — 452 copies, 1 review
The Spy's Bedside Book (1957) — Contributor — 356 copies, 1 review
Literature: The Human Experience (2006) — Contributor — 342 copies
The Treasure Chest (1932) — Contributor — 263 copies, 1 review
Love Letters (1996) — Contributor — 187 copies, 1 review
Best Remembered Poems (1992) — Contributor — 159 copies, 3 reviews
The Faber Book of Beasts (1997) — Contributor — 142 copies, 1 review
Dragons, Elves, and Heroes (1969) — Contributor — 122 copies
Major British Writers, Volumes I and II (1954) — Contributor — 122 copies, 1 review
Robert Browning (1903) — Featured Artist — 121 copies, 1 review
The Standard Book of British and American Verse (1932) — Contributor — 115 copies, 1 review
Leading From Within: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Lead (2007) — Contributor — 102 copies, 3 reviews
The Norton Book of Friendship (1991) — Contributor — 96 copies
Storytelling and Other Poems (1949) — Contributor — 91 copies, 2 reviews
The Everyman Anthology of Poetry for Children (1994) — Contributor — 73 copies
Faerie Tale Theatre: The Complete Collection (1982) — Original poem — 70 copies
A Book of Narrative Verse (1930) — Contributor — 64 copies, 1 review
The Smiles of Rome: A Literary Companion for Readers and Travelers (2005) — Contributor — 59 copies, 2 reviews
Key Words Reading Scheme: The Open Door to Reading (1967) — Contributor — 52 copies, 1 review
Prose and Poetry for Appreciation (1934) — Contributor — 44 copies
The Pied Piper of Hamelin [1957 film] (1957) — Poem — 39 copies, 2 reviews
The Vintage Book of Classic Crime (1993) — Contributor — 34 copies
Angels of Darkness: Tales of Troubled and Troubling Women (1995) — Contributor — 27 copies
100 Story Poems (1951) — Contributor — 21 copies
AQA Anthology (2002) — Author, some editions — 19 copies
Masters of British Literature, Volume B (2007) — Contributor — 17 copies
English Narrative Poems (1909) — Contributor — 12 copies
All Day Long: An Anthology of Poetry for Children (1954) — Contributor — 10 copies
Spring World, Awake: Stories, Poems, and Essays (1970) — Contributor — 9 copies
Men and Women: The Poetry of Love (1970) — Contributor — 8 copies
An Adult's Garden of Bloomers (1966) — Contributor — 7 copies
Poetry anthology (2000) — Contributor, some editions — 6 copies
The Pied Piper [1933 short film] (1933) — Original story — 6 copies
La poesía inglesa románticos y victorianos — Contributor — 4 copies, 1 review
The Pied Piper of Guadalupe [1961 short film] (1961) — Original poem — 3 copies
Love & Marriage — Contributor — 2 copies
The Brownings for the young — Contributor — 2 copies
George Riddle's Readings — Contributor — 1 copy
Faerie Tale Theatre: Season 4 (1985) — Original poem — 1 copy
Classic Tales [2008 TV series] (2008) — Contributor — 1 copy

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A delightful, long poem telling the full story of the Pied Piper.   Great for reading out loud to children.   And much, much better than the Brothers Grimm version.

Best of all, it's free.   So why not download and give it a read today.
 
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5t4n5 | 16 other reviews | Aug 9, 2023 |
Lots of talk about Shelley, but reads an awful lot like the Prelude. Lovely verse to read aloud, though obscure in its meaning through most of it.
 
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judeprufrock | Jul 4, 2023 |
Excellent Condition. Floral copperleaf cover,
 
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susangeib | 2 other reviews | Jul 1, 2023 |
I read this again today because I thought of it while reading a short story. It has long been a favorite of mine. The last stanza is quite chilling. One cannot help wondering what exactly happened to his "last" duchess.
 
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