Dared And Done: The Marriage of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning

Dared And Done: The Marriage of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning

Written by: Julia Markus
Publisher: Knopf (May 8, 2013)

Based extensively on their writings and letters to each other, this chronicle of Elizabeth Barrett’s and Robert Browning’s life together stands in bold relief against the backdrop of their Victorian world. Their passionate partnership overcame any number of obstacles—Elizabeth’s role in her father’s family; her illness; her Creole background; Robert’s tentative career—to culminate in a marriage of mutual devotion. Markus’s deft and absorbing style brings an ever deeper and more subtle understanding of a relationship long recognized as one of the literary world’s greatest love stories.

“For anyone interested in what is surely one of the great love stories of all time, this book is a fine place to begin.”
Boston Globe

“A fascinating study of what was truly a union of mind, body, and soul.”

“If ever there was a true story at once stranger and more poetical than that of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning, it has yet to be told . . . By her judicious selections and careful sympathies, Markus has given us a compelling inner perspective on a true romance.”
Financial Times

“Like the marriage itself, this book is a remarkable achievement.”
Virginia Quarterly Review


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