By Julia Markus
Rated “Outstanding” by University Press Books Committee
“This well-written exploration of the lives of two gifted poets is a captivating love story, complete with hero, heroine, obstacles, and romantic devotion. A true pleasure to read.”
Based extensively on their writings and letters to each other, this chronicle of Elizabeth Barrett's and Robert Browning's life together stands in bold relief against the backdrop of their Victorian world. Their passionate partnership overcame any number of obstacles — Elizabeth's role in her father's family; her illness; her Creole background; Robert's tentative career — to culminate in a marriage of mutual devotion. Markus's deft and absorbing style brings an ever deeper and more subtle understanding of a relationship long recognized as one of the literary world's greatest love stories.
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