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Robert Browning: A Literary Life

Sarah Wood
Format
Book
Published
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave, 2001.
Language
English
Series
Literary Lives
ISBN
0333643380 (pbk.), 0333643372 (hbk.)
Summary
Robert Browning both denied and affirmed the value of biography for an understanding of literature. This book narrates the development of his controversial creative life through responses of key 19th-century literary figures.
Contents
  • Introduction: 'Browning in Westminster Abbey' 1
  • 1 Pauline and Mill 11
  • Pauline 12
  • Self-conciousness and poetic textuality 18
  • Browning's education 20
  • Reception of Pauline and Browning's 'childish scheme' 21
  • Mill's feelings about Pauline 27
  • Decentred consciousness 31
  • Reading and knowledge 34
  • Peculiar property 37
  • 2 Sordello and the Reviewers 40
  • Taking pains 40
  • 'The unwritten every-other-line' 43
  • Apparitions of language 44
  • Reading and love 46
  • Poetry and fear 47
  • 'Break / O' the consciousness' 49
  • 3 Drama, Macready and Dramatic Poetry 52
  • Passing identifications 52
  • Henry James on Browning and dramatization 55
  • Hard work and experimentation 57
  • Browning and theatre: Strafford 59
  • Macready 66
  • Drama and sympathy 70
  • 'The Laboratory' 73
  • Courtship drama: 'the less definite mould' 77
  • 4 Browning's Now versus Carlyle's Today 80
  • 'Ghosts ... patched with histories' 81
  • 'the good minute' 83
  • Political differences 87
  • Carlyle and humanity 91
  • Carlyle's idea of poetry, prose and song 93
  • '"Transcendentalism"' 100
  • How it struck a contemporary 105
  • A last parleying 107
  • 5 Browning and Ruskin: Reading and Seeing 112
  • Shades 113
  • Influence of the dead 117
  • Ordering a tomb 120
  • Undissolved talisman 123
  • 'Last oozings': 'Popularity' 126
  • Names 132
  • 'A poet's affair is with God' 136
  • 'Inapprehensiveness' 142
  • 6 Arnold and Translation: The Ring and the Book 146
  • Thamuris laughing 149
  • Arnold's 'Empedocles' 150
  • 'Cleon': slaves and angels 152
  • Towers of Babel: Arnold and Browning on translation 157
  • Ring and the Book 167
  • Creative violence 174
  • 7 Publishing, Copyright and Authorship 178
  • Inspiration 178
  • Market and literary value 179
  • First steps in publication 181
  • 'So-called calamities of authors': the 'Essay on Chatterton' 183
  • Paracelsus: revelations 186
  • Paracelsus: epitaphs 190
  • Strafford 193
  • Authorship and transgression 194
  • Copyright: 'their thoughts become our thoughts' 196
  • Moxon, Chapman & Hall and Smith, Elder 199
  • Ring and the Book: 'the whole / By parts' 203
  • Alfred Austin: 'he is not a poet' 205
  • Last years: 'as if I were dead and begun with' 207.
Description
xvii, 232 p. ; 22 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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