copyright 1898; Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. publishers, New York; smaller hardbound; excellent condition with unmarked, clean pages; previous owner's name and date "3/2/08" inside cover; three books of poetry in one volume, from author's revised text, edited with intro & notes by Charlotte Porter and Helen Clarke, B&W frontis. w/ tissue guard, maroon covers w/ gilt decoration and lettering,
Robert Browing -
Robert Browning was a British poet and playwright whose mastery of dramatic verse, especially dramatic monologues, made him one of the foremost Victorian poets.
Browning began writing poetry at age 13. These poems were eventually collected, but were later destroyed by Browning himself. In 1833, Browning's "Pauline" was published and received a cool reception. Harold Bloom believes that John Stuart Mill's review of the poem pointed Browning in the direction of the dramatic monologue.
In 1845, Browning wrote a letter to the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning, professing that he loved her poetry and her. In 1846, the couple eloped to Europe, eventually settling in Florence in 1847. They had a son Pen.