Robert Browning

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Robert Browning
Browning, c. 1888
Browning, c. 1888
Born(1812-05-07)7 May 1812
Camberwell, London, England
Died12 December 1889(1889-12-12) (aged 77)
Venice, Kingdom of Italy
Alma materUniversity College London
Literary movementVictorian
Notable worksPied Piper of Hamelin, Men and Women, The Ring and the Book, Dramatis Personae, Dramatic Lyrics, Dramatic Romances and Lyrics, Asolando
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
(m. 1846; died 1861)
ChildrenRobert Wiedeman Barrett "Pen" Browning[1]
RelativesRobert Browning (Father) Sarah Anna Wiedemann (Mother)


Robert Browning (7 May 1812 – 12 December 1889) was an English poet and playwright of Victorian era.[2] He was born in Camberwell, London. He was married to the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning.[3] They both moved to Italy and lived in Florence. He had one son. Browning died in Venice, Italy. He was buried in Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey.[4]

He wrote a poem called The Laboratory which was about a woman using poison to kill her lover's girlfriend.

Browning's longest work was the poem The Ring and the Book.[3] It consists of more than twenty thousand lines. It is based on a true story. It tells about a real crime committed in Italy at the end of 17th century. Its main hero is Pompilia Comparini, a young woman stabbed to death by her husband, count Guido Franceschini.

Poet's best work is probably the book Men and Woman. It was published in 1855. It is a collection of monologues.

Browning's last book is Asolando which was published in 1889.[3]

Gilbert Keith Chesterton wrote a book about Robert Browning; it was called Robert Browning and was published by Macmillan & Co. in 1903.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Robert Wiedeman Barrett (Pen) Browning (1849–1912)". Armstrong Browning Library and Museum, Baylor University. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  2. Robert Browning, Biography.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Robert Browning - British poet". Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  4. "Robert Browning - Biography". Retrieved 1 October 2016.