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Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Life's summary)

Updated on August 20, 2014

Elizabeth Barrett Browning was born at Coxhoe Hall, near Durham, England, in 1806, eldest child of Edward Moulton Barrett. She was largely self-educated at home. In 1838 she became seriously ill as a result of a horse-accident and was compelled to be bedbound for a very long time. As a consequence, she lived secluded like an invalid, devoting herself entirely to poetry. In 1845 she began a correspondence with her future husband, Robert Browning. The corrispondence led to their meeting and to an engagement, kept secret because Mr. Barrett forbade his sons and daughters to marry. Notwithstanding this, they got married in 1846. Their only child, Robert Wiedemann, was born in 1849. The poetess died in 1861, and she was buried in Florence.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I love Elizabeth.. she is so awesome thank you for sharing this with us.. great history lesson.. sharing

      Debbie

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Had to read the this one as well...such romance...beautiful reminder thank you...VU& A...cheers

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      InglenookObserver 5 years ago from Southwestern Wisconsin

      One of my first ideas of love and romance, these two - their letters and poetry to each other - How do I love thee? Let me count the ways...