|Plot Summary of The Book, The Ring, and The Poet |
|" Robert Browning was born May 7, 1812 in the London suburb of Camberwell. He attended a boarding school near his home. In 1824 he wrote a volume of verse that his parents tried to have published. Browning later destroyed the book. Four years later he enrolled in the University of London, but withdrew after a few months.
“Pauline,” his first poem was published anonymously and attracted little attention. He then wrote for the stage, but his plays were never commercial successes. In 1838, he took his first trip to Italy, a country where he was to spend a good part of his life. In 1845 he wrote his first letter to Elizabeth Barrett and made his first visit to her at Wimpole Street on May 20. They married on 1846 without her father's knowledge and eloped to Italy. In 1849 they had a son. They spent most of their married life on the continent until Elizabeth died in 1861. Then he settled in England.
Poetic collections such as “Men and Women” and his epic, “The Ring and the Book” made for him a reputation nearly equal to Tennyson's in the last years of his life. He died in 1889."
Jack Goodstein, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Book, The Ring, and The Poet |
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Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- long lived adults
Biography of famous person?
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other people
- 19th century
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Book makes you feel?
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very favorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of nearly entire life
If this is a kid's book:
- Age 16-Adult
- More 6-10 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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