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The Life of Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Fiona Sampson

How Britain's most famous female poet invented herself and defied her times

'Beautifully told. It is high time Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Aurora Leigh were once again household names.' Mail on Sunday

'How do I love thee? Let me count the ways,' Elizabeth Barrett Browning famously wrote, shortly before defying her family by running away to Italy with Robert Browning. But behind the romance of her extraordinary life stands a thoroughly modern figure, who remains an electrifying study in self-invention.

Elizabeth was born in 1806, a time when women could neither attend university nor vote, and yet she achieved lasting literary fame. She remains Britain's greatest woman poet, whose work has inspired writers from Emily Dickinson to George Eliot and Virginia Woolf.

This vividly written biography, the first full study for over thirty years, incorporates recent archival discoveries to reveal the woman herself: a literary giant and a high-profile activist for the abolition of slavery who believed herself to be of mixed heritage; and a writer who defied chronic illness and long-term disability to change the course of cultural history. It holds up a mirror to the woman, her art - and the art of biography itself.

Publication date: 18/02/2021

£20.00

ISBN: 9781788162074

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Arts, Language & Literature, Biography & Memoir

Two-Way Mirror (Ebook)

The Life of Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Fiona Sampson

How Britain's most famous female poet invented herself and defied her times

'Beautifully told. It is high time Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Aurora Leigh were once again household names.' Mail on Sunday

'How do I love thee? Let me count the ways,' Elizabeth Barrett Browning famously wrote, shortly before defying her family by running away to Italy with Robert Browning. But behind the romance of her extraordinary life stands a thoroughly modern figure, who remains an electrifying study in self-invention.

Elizabeth was born in 1806, a time when women could neither attend university nor vote, and yet she achieved lasting literary fame. She remains Britain's greatest woman poet, whose work has inspired writers from Emily Dickinson to George Eliot and Virginia Woolf.

This vividly written biography, the first full study for over thirty years, incorporates recent archival discoveries to reveal the woman herself: a literary giant and a high-profile activist for the abolition of slavery who believed herself to be of mixed heritage; and a writer who defied chronic illness and long-term disability to change the course of cultural history. It holds up a mirror to the woman, her art - and the art of biography itself.

Publication date: 18/02/2021

£15.99

ISBN: 9781782835288

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B08GNJ2JWG

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Arts, Language & Literature, Biography & Memoir

Reviews for Two-Way Mirror

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Beautifully told. It is high time Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Aurora Leigh were once again household names.

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Frances Wilson Mail on Sunday

'Sampson is an astute, thoughtful and wide-ranging guide'

 The Times

'A fine contribution to a growing number of biographies that try to pick off the barnacles of rumour and legend that have attached themselves to the lives of writers, and instead reveal them as they really were.'

Robert Douglas Fairhurst Spectator

Fiona Sampson

Fiona Sampson

Fiona Sampson is a leading poet and writer, published in thirty-eight languages. Her twenty-seven books include eight poetry collections, an edition of Percy Bysshe Shelley, and the critically acclaimed In Search of Mary Shelley. Broadcaster, critic and literary translator, she was editor of Poetry Review 2005_12 and is Emeritus Professor, University of Roehampton. Sampson is a Fellow ofthe Royal Society of Literature and the WordsworthTrust and a Trustee of the Royal Literary Fund; her honours include an MBE for services to literature,the Newdigate Prize, Cholmondeley Award, Hawthornden Fellowship, and multiple awards from the Arts Councils of England and Wales, Society of Authors, Poetry Book Society and Arts and Humanities Research Council. She has
received international awards in the US, India, North Macedonia, Albania and Bosnia. She lives in an old Herefordshire farmhouse not far from Elizabeth's beloved Hope End and is at work on a book about the Romantics' rural legacy.

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