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Aurora Leigh

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) was an English poet. The daughter of a wealthy familyher father made his fortune as a slave... Lire la suite
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Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) was an English poet. The daughter of a wealthy familyher father made his fortune as a slave owner in Jamaica, while her mother's family owned and operated sugar plantations, mills, and shipsBrowning eventually became an abolitionist and advocate for child labor laws. Her marriage to the prominent Victorian poet Robert Browning caused the final break between Browning and her family, after which she moved to Italy and lived there with Robert for the rest of her life. She began writing poems at a young age, finding success with the 1844 publication of Poems. Browning went on to be recognized as one of the foremost poets of early Victorian England, influencing such writers as Edgar Allen Poe and Emily Dickinson. She is most famous for her Sonnets from the Portuguese, a collection of 44 love poems published in 1850, and Aurora Leigh, an 1856 epic poem described by leading Victorian critic John Ruskin as the greatest long poem written in the nineteenth century. Browning suffered from numerous illnesses throughout her life, eventually succumbing in Florence at the age of 55.

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Born in Florence to a Tuscan mother and English father, Aurora Leigh shows intellectual and artistic promise from a young age, learning Greek and Latin and devouring the contents of her father's extensive library. In England, she meets her cousin Romney, whom she loves but refuses to marry due to his idealistic devotion to the poor and her own poetic ambition. Aurora Leigh, which follows its heroine across Europe, is an epic tale of romance, class, and art laid out in effortless blank verse by one of England's greatest poets.


Aurora Leigh (1856) is an epic poem by English Romantic poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Described by Browning as a novel in verse, Aurora Leigh is primarily the story of its titular heroine, an intelligent woman and ambitious poet whose talent is matched only by her skill for self-doubt. Although it is narrated in the first person, the poem also concerns itself with the character Marian Erle, a woman rescued from a life on the streets by Aurora's cousin Romney, who loves both women in complex and varying ways. Recognized as one of the most important poems of the nineteenth century, Aurora Leigh is notable for its use of the epic formtraditionally masculine, and concerned with subjects such as war, history, and the godsin order to tell a story centered on talented and uniquely independent women.

Born in Florence to a Tuscan mother and English father, and encouraged from a young age to study the classics and learn Latin and Greek, Aurora Leigh develops not only the desire to become a famous poet, but the talent and intelligence to achieve her dream. What she has in ambition and skill, however, she lacks in confidence, and, after moving to England as a teenager, Aurora struggles to make a name for herself in the competitive literary environment of London. While in England, she meets her cousin Romney Leigh, a dedicated and idealistic social worker who dreams of using his inheritance and family estateLeigh Hallto alleviate the suffering of the lower classes. Aurora Leigh is a dramatic tale of romance involving Marian Erle, Lady Waldemara beautiful aristocratand Aurora herself. As each of these women navigates their relationship with Romney, and as Romney tries and fails to bring meaningful aid to the poor, Aurora finds that her art means nothing if she cannot learn to love herself as much as she loves others.

With a beautifully designed cover and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Aurora Leigh is a classic of English literature reimagined for modern readers.

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Titre: Aurora Leigh
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Code EAN: 9781513268699
ISBN: 978-1-5132-6869-9
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Editeur: Ingram Publishers Services
Genre: Poésie et théâtre
nombre de pages: 310
Poids: 337g
Taille: H203mm x B127mm x T16mm
Parution: 01.12.2020
Année: 2020