This volume in the 21st Century Oxford Authors series offers students an authoritative, comprehensive selection of the work of the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861). The edition presents Barrett Browning's most celebrated works alongside lesser-known texts, and includes an Introduction, Chronology, and full commentary notes.
Edited by Josie Billington, Deputy Director, Centre for Research into Reading, Information and Linguistic Systems, University of Liverpool, and Philip Davis, Director, Centre for Research into Reading, Information and Linguistic Systems, University of Liverpool
Dr Josie Billington is a specialist in Victorian Literature who has published widely on nineteenth-century fiction and poetry. Her publications include Faithful Realism (2002), (ed) Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters (2006), Eliot's Middlemarch (2008), Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Shakespeare (2012), (ed) Margaret Oliphant Novellas (2013). She is also engaged in interdisciplinary medical humanities research in the area of reading and health, with Is Literature Healthy? (OUP, 2016).
Professor Philip Davis is author of Volume 8:1830 — 1880: The Victorians in The Oxford English Literary History series (OUP, 2002). His other works include Sudden Shakespeare (1997), Shakespeare Thinking (2007), and two biographies, Bernard Malamud: A Writer's Life (OUP,2007) and The Transferred Life of George Eliot (OUP, 2017). He is general editor of a new series from Oxford University Press, 'The Literary Agenda', on the future of literary studies in the twenty-first century, contributing his own volume Reading and The Reader (2013) building on The Experience of Reading (1991) and Real Voices: On Reading (1997). He is editor of The Reader magazine.
"This volume is a comprehensive new edition of Elizabeth Barrett Brownings poetry that will prove indispensable for students and established scholars alike." - Sarah Parker, Modern Language Review
"Judiciously selected and introduced by two established experts in Victorian Literature, this Oxford edition helpfully frames works written throughout Elizabeth Barrett Browning's career with excerpts from her letters, diary, and prefaces. The most authoritative selected edition to appear since the 2010 five-volume complete Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, its accessible one-volume format and clearly annotated texts make it a valuable resource for students, scholars, libraries, and general readers, given the widespread critical and popular interest in Victorian England's most internationally influential woman poet. " - Marjorie Stone, Dalhousie University
"[This edition] will broaden the scope for the teaching of Barrett Browning's poetry … Extracts from 'The Seraphim' and 'Drama of Exile' will make it possible to study her religious poetry, a genre which has garnered renewed critical interest in Victorian poetry studies in the last five years … There are a number of strengths to the volume, particularly in relation to teaching. The opening piece is a spirited essay by the fourteen-year-old Barrett, which is an excellent introduction to the precocious and vivacious young poet … [the edition will] encourage students to read the letters in dialogue with the poems. At other points in the volume, there is a useful selection of letters providing a measure of context for Barrett Browning's poetry, such as letters illustrating her grief after the death of her brother in 1840." - Clara Dawson, Notes and Queries
"[T]he volume provides a solid selection of poems for the classroom and for scholars who wish to study poems as they were initially published." - Beverly Taylor, Victorian Review
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