How Britain's most famous female poet invented herself and defied her times.
'How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.' Elizabeth Barrett Browning has come down to us as a romantic heroine. But behind the melodrama lies a thoroughly modern figure, whose extraordinary life is a study in self-invention. Born into an age when women could neither vote nor own property once married, Barrett Browning seized control of her private income, overcame long term illness and disability, eloped to revolutionary Italy with Robert Browning - and achieved lasting fame as a poet.
Feminist icon, political activist and international literary superstar, she inspired writers as diverse as Emily Dickinson, George Eliot, Rudyard Kipling, Oscar Wilde and Virginia Woolf. This book holds up a mirror to the woman, her art, and the art of biography itself.
Fiona Sampson is a prize-winning poet and writer, published in thirty-seven languages, who has received international awards in the US, India, Macedonia, Albania and Bosnia. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the Wordsworth Trust and the English Association, she's published twenty-seven books, including the internationally acclaimed In Search of Mary Shelley. She's received an MBE for Services to Literature, the Newdigate Prize, Cholmondeley Award, Hawthornden Fellowship, and multiple awards from the Arts Councils of England and of Wales, Society of Authors, Poetry Book Society and Arts and Humanities Research Council. Fiona is also a broadcaster and newspaper critic, librettist and literary translator.
Literature & literary studies
Literary studies: poetry & poets