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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

'How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.' Elizabeth Barrett Browning has come down to us as a romantic heroine. But behind the melodrama lies a thoroughly modern figure, whose extraordinary life is a study in self-invention. Born into an age when women could neither vote nor own property once married, Barrett Browning seized control of her private income, overcame long term illness and disability, eloped to revolutionary Italy with Robert Browning - and achieved lasting fame as a poet.

Feminist icon, political activist and international literary superstar, she inspired writers as diverse as Emily Dickinson, George Eliot, Rudyard Kipling, Oscar Wilde and Virginia Woolf. This book holds up a mirror to the woman, her art, and the art of biography itself.

Publication date: 04/02/2021

£20.00

ISBN: 9781788162074

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Arts, Language & Literature, Biography & Memoir

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The Life of Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Fiona Sampson

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

'How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.' Elizabeth Barrett Browning has come down to us as a romantic heroine. But behind the melodrama lies a thoroughly modern figure, whose extraordinary life is a study in self-invention. Born into an age when women could neither vote nor own property once married, Barrett Browning seized control of her private income, overcame long term illness and disability, eloped to revolutionary Italy with Robert Browning - and achieved lasting fame as a poet.

Feminist icon, political activist and international literary superstar, she inspired writers as diverse as Emily Dickinson, George Eliot, Rudyard Kipling, Oscar Wilde and Virginia Woolf. This book holds up a mirror to the woman, her art, and the art of biography itself.

Publication date: 04/02/2021

£18.99

ISBN: 9781782835288

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B08GNJ2JWG

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Arts, Language & Literature, Biography & Memoir

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Fiona Sampson

Fiona Sampson

Fiona Sampson is a prize-winning poet and writer. She has been published in more than thirty languages and received an MBE for services to literature. A Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature, and the recipient of a number of national and international honours for her poetry, she has worked as an editor, translator, and university professor as well as a violinist.