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By M. Garrett

A number of thousand letters to and from Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning have survived, including different details at the composition and context of works from Barrett's 'lines on advantage' written on the age of 8 in 1814 to Browning's Asolando (1889). The Chronology seeks to steer readers via this mass of fabric in 3 major sections: formative years, contrasting early backgrounds and careers, and transforming into curiosity in every one other's paintings to 1845; courtship, marriage, Italy, and paintings together with Aurora Leigh and ladies and men (1845-61); Browning's later lifetime of relentless socializing and prolific writing from his go back to London to his loss of life in Venice in 1889. The publication presents not just detailed courting yet a lot topic on such issues because the Brownings' broad examining in English, French and classical literature, their many friendships, and their occasionally conflicting political opinions.

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At around the same time, presumably, she writes ‘Wine of Cyprus’ (1844), addressed to HSB (as she tells him in a letter of 31 July). 22 Forster ’s review of Colombe’s Birthday in The Examiner, concluding that ‘we abominate his tastes as much as we respect his genius’, breaks his friendship with RB. They will be reconciled in the autumn of 1845. July RB’s ‘Garden Fancies’ (revised for DRL) is published in Hood’s Magazine. 22 (Mon) EBB writes ‘The Romance of the Swan’s Nest’ and sends it to John Kenyon with ‘A Rhapsody of Life’s Progress’ (both included in 1844).

They discuss the faults of the play and of Sordello on 12 and again on 27, when RB ‘really wearied me with his obstinate faith … of his eventual celebrity’ and ‘self-opinionated persuasions upon’ Druses. September 15 (Tues) Macready reads parts of the play again but remains unimpressed with this ‘mystical, strange and heavy’ piece. 36 A Browning Chronology December RB’s family moves to Hatcham, New Cross, to a larger, three-storey house (once a farmhouse) with a substantial garden, stable and coach-house.

By 1 February it has been decided that Samuel Phelps rather than Macready will play Lord Tresham, a fact later widely credited with the play ’s relative failure in production. February EBB writes ‘The Lost Bower ’ (1844). 6 (Mon) RB, frustrated with what he perceives as Macready’s unsupportive approach to A Blot, sends the text to Moxon to print. Phelps has fallen ill and it seems that Macready will after all play Tresham, but when he is in the midst of preparing it, on 10, Phelps announces that he must and will do it.

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