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Robert Browning

Selected Writings

Edited by Richard Cronin and Dorothy McMillan

February 2018

ISBN: 9780198797623

912 pages
Paperback
216x138mm

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21st Century Oxford Authors

Price: £14.99

This volume in the 21st Century Oxford Authors series offers students an authoritative, comprehensive selection of the work of Robert Browning (1812-1889). The edition includes the very first poem he published to works written at the end of his life, and includes an Introduction, Chronology, and full commentary notes.

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This volume in the 21st Century Oxford Authors series offers students an authoritative, comprehensive selection of the work of Robert Browning (1812-1889). The edition includes the very first poem he published to works written at the end of his life, and includes an Introduction, Chronology, and full commentary notes.

  • Introduces students and readers to the life and work of Robert Browning, one of the most important poets and playwrights of the nineteenth century
  • Includes a wider selection of Browning's poems than is available in other single-volume annotated editions
  • Browning's work is presented in chronological order, allowing students to study his development and growth as a writer
  • Includes a separate Chronology at the opening of the volume, which provides details of Browning's life, and the composition and publication of his works
  • The poems and writings are presented free of annotation on the page, allowing students to encounter the original texts afresh
  • Explanatory notes and commentary are located at the end of the book, providing students with a wealth of additional material and information that will enhance the understanding and enjoyment of these works
  • An essential teaching resource, representing Browning's work in all its variety

About the Author(s)

Edited by Richard Cronin, Professor of English Literature, University of Glasgow, and Dorothy McMillan, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Glasgow

Richard Cronin has published very widely on nineteenth-century literature. After teaching for many years at the University of Glasgow, he has recently been appointed to a chair at Oxford Brookes University.

Dorothy McMillan is an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Glasgow, and has published widely with a particular focus on Scottish literature and poetry by women.

Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    List of Illustrations
    List of Abbreviations
    Introduction
    Chronology
    A Note on the Selection and Its Ordering
    PAULINE: A FRAGMENT OF A CONFESSION (1833)
    FROM THE MONTHLY REPOSITORY, VOL. X, N.S. 1836, 43-44; 45-46
    [Porphyria's Lover] Porphyria
    [Johannes Agricola in Meditation] Johannes
    BELLS AND POMEGRANATES, NO. I, PIPPA PASSES, (1841)
    Pippa Passes
    FROM BELLS AND POMEGRANATES, No. III, DRAMATIC LYRICS, (1842)
    [My Last Duchess] Italy and France: II. France
    [Soliloquy] Camp and Cloister: II. Cloister (Spanish)
    In a Gondola
    Artemis Prologuizes
    Waring
    The Pied Piper of Hamelin
    FROM HOOD'S MAGAZINE, vol. 1, June 1844; vol. 2, July 1844; vol. 3, March 1845; vol. 3, April 1845
    The Laboratory
    Garden Fancies: I. The Flower's Name; II. Sibrandus Schnaburgensis
    [The Bishop Orders His Tomb at St. Praxed's Church] The Tomb at St. Praxed's
    The Flight of the Duchess, sections 1-9
    LETTER TO ELIZABETH BARRETT, 10 JANUARY, 1845
    FROM BELLS AND POMEGRANATES, NO. VII, DRAMATIC ROMANCES AND LYRICS (1845)
    How They Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix
    Pictor Ignotus
    [The Italian in England] Italy in England
    [The Englishman in Italy] England in Italy
    The Lost Leader
    Home Thoughts from Abroad, I & III
    Saul, sections 1-9
    FROM LETTERS OF PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY (1852)
    Introductory Essay
    FROM MEN AND WOMEN, I & II (1855)
    I.
    Love among the Ruins
    A Lovers' Quarrel
    Evelyn Hope
    Up at a Villa—Down in the City
    A Woman's Last Word
    Fra Lippo Lippi
    A Toccata of Galuppi's
    By the Fireside
    Any Wife to Any Husband
    An Epistle … Karshish, the Arab Physician
    Mesmerism
    A Serenade at the Villa
    My Star
    'Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came'
    Respectability
    A Light Woman
    The Statue and the Bust
    Love in a Life
    Life in a Love
    How It Strikes a Contemporary
    The Last Ride Together
    The Patriot: An Old Story
    Master Hugues of Saxe-Gotha
    Bishop Blougram's Apology
    Memorabilia
    II.
    Andrea del Sarto
    In a Year
    Old Pictures in Florence
    In a Balcony
    'De Gustibus—'
    Cleon
    Two in the Campagna
    A Grammarian's Funeral
    Transcendentalism
    One Word More
    LETTER TO JOHN RUSKIN, 10 DECEMBER, 1855
    LETTER TO EUPHRASIA (FANNY) HAWORTH, 20 JULY, 1861
    FROM DRAMATIS PERSONAE (1864)
    [James Lee's Wife] James Lee
    Gold Hair: A Legend of Pornic
    Dîs Aliter Visum
    Abt Vogler
    Rabbi Ben Ezra
    Death in the Desert
    Caliban upon Setebos
    Confessions
    Prospice
    Youth and Art
    A Face
    Mr Sludge the Medium
    FROM HELEN'S TOWER, CLANDEBOYE (1870)
    Helen's Tower
    FROM FIFINE AT THE FAIR (1872)
    Prologue: Amphibian
    Epilogue: the Householder
    THE INN ALBUM (1875)
    FROM PACCHIAROTTO (1876)
    House
    Bifurcation
    Numpholeptus
    A Forgiveness
    LA SAISIAZ (1878)
    FROM DRAMATIC IDYLS, 2ND SERIES (1880)
    Pan and Luna
    FROM JOCOSERIA (1883)
    Never the Time
    FROM FERISHTAH'S FANCIES (1884)
    Epilogue
    FROM ANDREW REID, ED., WHY I AM A LIBERAL (1885)
    Why I am a Liberal
    FROM PARLEYINGS WITH PERSONS OF IMPORTANCE IN THEIR DAY (1887)
    VI. With Gerard de Lairesse
    FROM THE ATHENEUM, JULY 13, 1889
    FROM ASOLANDO (1889)
    Development
    Epilogue
    Notes
    Index of Titles and First Lines

Reviews

"This splendidly edited selection of Robert Browning's poetry is the ideal one-volume edition for undergraduate study. Richard Cronin and Dorothy McMillan choose expertly from the whole range of the poetry, convincing one of the importance of the later work as well as underscoring the magnificent achievement of the more widely read earlier verse and including the important Essay on Shelley; their vibrant introduction relishes Browning's originality and unexpectedness, and their annotations are informative and critically suggestive. With its attractively clean reading texts and editorial savvy, the volume brings Browning thrillingly to life." - Michael O'Neill, Durham University

"This essential edition seems to prove that poetry is best examined by two people. Cronin and McMillan have wonderful ears and eyes for Browning's work. The annotations are inspiring, insightful, revealing and surprising. Browning's late work finally gets the attention it deserves too. A beautifully accessible achievement in Browning scholarship. " - John Gardner, Anglia Ruskin University

"In addition to a useful and judicious selection of Browning's poems, this volume includes three letters by Browning and his Essay on Shelley.' The annotations are learned and lucid." - T. Hoagwood, CHOICE