|Plot Summary of Dared and Done: The Marriage of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning|
|"A famous love affair and marriage of two great Victorian poets is the subject of Julia Markus' "Dared and Done." Robert Browning began writing to the invalid Elizabeth Barrett in 1845. She read his poetry and although older than him, had already hung his picture in her sick room, which he was eventually allowed to visit.
Her tyrannical father had forbidden all of his adult children to marry, but despite the assurance that she would be disowned, the two were married in 1846 and went off to live on the continent, eventually settling in Florence. Elizabeth's father would never again speak to her.
Her health improved somewhat; although throughout the marriage she took morphine for medicinal purposes. She gave birth to one child, a boy nicknamed Pen. The couple had an idyllic relationship; their only disagreement seemed to be over Elizabeth's belief in spiritualism. She died in 1861.
Jack Goodstein, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Dared and Done: The Marriage of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning|
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Kind of romance:
- romance (general)
The difficult family member
- expects to be obeyed in all things
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
Biography of famous person?
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other people
- physically sick
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
- 19th century
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Book makes you feel?
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very favorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
Is this a biography of several people?
If this is a kid's book:
- Age 16-Adult
- A ton 16-20 B&W
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
Lot of titilating info about love life?
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 26-50% of book
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