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Elizabeth Barrett Browning - Biography, Literary significance

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Poet, born in Durham, Co Durham, NE England, UK, the wife of Robert Browning. She seriously injured her spine (c.1821), and was long an invalid. Her first poems were published at 19, and other volumes appeared in 1838 and 1844. In 1845 she met Robert Browning, with whom she eloped in 1846. Her best-known work is Sonnets from the Portuguese (1850), ‘Portuguese’ being Browning's pet name for her. Her major work, the verse novel Aurora Leigh (1857), speculates with wit and force on social responsibilities and the position of women. During her lifetime she was criticized for her progressive social ideas and her audacious metrical experiments. In her later years she developed an interest in spiritualism, and also in Italian politics.

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