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The Life of Robert Browning
Robert Browning is customarily regarded as a dramatic poet whose works are separate and distinct from himself. This biography proposes a different view of the poet and his poems. Every one of his works is regarded in the same way that Browning himself regarded it; as a performance in which the author plays a part, as producer, presenter, or actor, or sometimes all three; a ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 11th 1996 by Wiley-Blackwell
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I am still reading this book. Ryals provides an in-depth look at Robert Browning's poetry. Throughout the entire story, I can feel that Browning felt uncomfortable with opening up in the man role. For example, his talented poetic wife Elizabeth Barrett Browning encouraged her husband to write about his Christian beliefs. Since Browning's childhood positive role model Percy Shelley was an athiest, I get the sense Browning feels as if he betrays the great poet. Browning found acceptance and a plac ...more