Robert Browning (1812-1889) was an English poet and playwright whose mastery of dramatic verse, especially dramatic monologues, made him one of the foremost Victorian poets. Browning's fame today rests mainly on his dramatic monologues, in which the words not only convey setting and action but also reveal the speaker's character. Unlike a ...Read MoreRobert Browning (1812-1889) was an English poet and playwright whose mastery of dramatic verse, especially dramatic monologues, made him one of the foremost Victorian poets. Browning's fame today rests mainly on his dramatic monologues, in which the words not only convey setting and action but also reveal the speaker's character. Unlike a soliloquy, the meaning in a Browning dramatic monologue is not what the speaker directly reveals but what he inadvertently "gives away" about himself in the process of rationalizing past actions, or "special-pleading" his case to a silent auditor in the poem. Rather than thinking out loud, the character composes a self-defense which the reader, as "juror, " is challenged to see through. Browning chooses some of the most debased, extreme and even criminally psychotic characters, no doubt for the challenge of building a sympathetic case for a character who doesn't deserve one. One of his more sensational monologues is Porphyria's Lover (1836); however, My Last Duchess (1842) is the most frequently cited example of Browning's dramatic monologue form.Read Less
Very good. D na Estes & Co., Boston, MA, 1902. 1st Ed(AsSuch), VG, Hard Cover, Size=5"x7.5", 162pgs. Gold stamped lettering & designs on front cover & spine, spine cloth browned, 1/2" front hinge paper tear, o.w. clean & tight. No ink names, bookplates, etc. 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES ALL ARE WELL PACKED WITH CARE!
Good. Hardcover in good+ condition, no dustjacket (as issued, I believe). Aside from browning to page-ends, interior is clean and bright. Boards show shelf wear/rubbing and noticeable bumping to corners edges. From the Guttmann collection. 148 p.
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Good. Ships from the UK within 24 hours. Published by SMITH, ELDER in 1889, hardback (no Dust Jacket), small size, hinges cracked internally, page edges foxed, boards creased to head & tail of spine, book plate on inside front cover.
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