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Nineteenth-Century Perceptions of Robert Browning: The Poet Through His Own Eyes and Those of His Victorian Critics and Devoted Readers

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The London Browning Society has been addressed by scholars in modern biographies such as The Life of Robert Browning: A Critical Biography (1996) by Clyde De L. Ryals, and it was studied in a 1969 book by William S. Peterson titled Interrogating The Oracle: A History of the London Browning Society. However, this thesis goes further by approaching the Society as the equivalent of a modern day “fan” community, and by providing a close look at some of the Society’s published documents. The purpose of doing so is to form a picture of Browning’s reputation during his life and career based on the perceptions of the critics of the day, the Society members, and the thoughts he had on himself and his own works. The thesis examines nineteenth-century reviews from journals contemporary to the time, the history and activities of the London Browning Society, and Browning’s interaction with both found in his letters. Lastly, the thesis looks at some of Browning’s most ambiguously autobiographical poetry, all of which are largely neglected by modern scholars in favor of the more obviously dramatic works, to see how he composed on topics with connections to his personal life, and how he influenced perceptions about his own character.
subject
Browning, Robert
Victorian
Reviews
Poetry
Biography
Reader-response
Browning Society
contributor
Martin, Kristi (author)
Jenkins, Melissa (committee chair)
Wilson, Eric (committee member)
Holdridge, Jefferson (committee member)
date
2010-05-11T13:40:43Z (accessioned)
2010-06-18T18:56:57Z (accessioned)
2010-05-11T13:40:43Z (available)
2010-06-18T18:56:57Z (available)
2010-05-11T13:40:43Z (issued)
degree
English (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/14658 (uri)
language
en_US (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
rights
Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide. (accessRights)
title
Nineteenth-Century Perceptions of Robert Browning: The Poet Through His Own Eyes and Those of His Victorian Critics and Devoted Readers
type
Thesis

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