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3.64 out of 53.64 out of 53.64 out of 53.64 out of 53.64 out of 5 3.64 (14 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Barrett Browning Narrator: Ghizela Rowe Publisher: The Copyright Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN:
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Elizabeth Barrett Moulton Barrett was born on 6 March 1806, in Coxhoe Hall, County Durham, the eldest of 12 children. The family's wealth was derived from sugar plantations manned by slaves in Jamaica, enabling them to also purchase a 500-acre estate in Herefordshire. This wealth allowed her to publish poems from an early age. However, by age 20, the family's fortunes were in decline, though they were never below comfortable, after losing a lawsuit over their plantations.

Shortly thereafter, Elizabeth became afflicted with an unknown disease and became addicted to morphine. Despite this, she continued to write and became increasingly popular both in England and the United States. Her poems against slavery chronicled her abhorrence of the basis of the family wealth. In 1844 she was introduced to the younger Robert Browning, who was a great admirer of her work and began a secret courtship and thence to marriage. To him she wrote and dedicated one of her greatest works, Sonnets from the Portuguese, and they went to live in Italy in 1846. Although by now an invalid, she seemed insecure of the love of the vigorous Robert, but continued to write and publish poetry as diverse as love sonnets and political pieces before succumbing to death in 1861. Our reader is Ghizela Rowe.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 1/9/2013

    " These poems are directed from one lover to another with such intensity that reading them by yourself can make you feel kind of lonely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melusina | 12/22/2012

    " Certainly interesting, but this little book of poems did not grip me as much as I had expected. Maybe I have become too accustomed to reading modern poetry. The style and writing felt heavy to me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nick Black | 6/3/2011

    " Ugh, books of sonnets are pretty hard to take, personally. Impressive and all, but...c'mon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nadine | 5/31/2011

    " Just could not get into these. Still gave it 3 stars because I am sure if someone was really into poetry they would love this, but they just didn't do it for me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharla | 5/31/2011

    " Well, it's EBB - how bad could it be?? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jbs1165 | 5/7/2011

    " Memories of love coming alive. I love you Marlene, even inside all the madness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 5/2/2011

    " found a little gem of a book (hard cover with gold lettering, broken spine :( and silhouettes in Victorian style) at a second hand shop. Very sappy poetry, but sometimes I like it that way. :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 11/7/2010

    " This book started my love for poetry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy | 10/13/2010

    " I've always held to the idea that someone can fall in love by reading someone else's writings. This must have been exactly what happened to Robert Browning, because Elizabeth's poetry about him is beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 10/10/2010

    " I must say that I was slow to warm up to the poems and don't think I would have liked them as well without having read the Introduction first. Lovely, very personal. You can really see the path of the love affair between EBB and Robert Browning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sallie | 8/29/2010

    " only, i'm not reading this one. no letters. only poems. but goodreads didn't pop that one up when i entered the title. apparently all but one of their love letters remains...kind of amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 7/13/2010

    " Elizabeth Barrett Browning is my homegirl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 7/11/2010

    " Some of these make me say, "ahh". And some are just odd. Think I'm rusty at old-timey lit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 4/8/2010

    " These poems are directed from one lover to another with such intensity that reading them by yourself can make you feel kind of lonely. "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth Barrett BrowningElizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861) is generally considered the greatest of English poetesses. She was well educated for a woman of her time at home, being confined to bed by a lung complaint, possibly tuberculosis. The appearance of her Poems in 1844 attracted the attention of Robert Browning, who courted her in secret before eloping with her to Italy. There Elizabeth’s health improved and she threw herself into politics, becoming a pioneer of early liberal movements.