Elizabeth Barrett Browning - The Poetry Of (Audiobook)
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Read by Richard Mitchley & Ghizela Rowe (Unabridged: 1hr 19mins)

Elizabeth Barrett Moulton Barrett was born on 6 March 1806, in Coxhoe Hall, County Durham, the eldest of 12 children. The family's wealth was derived from sugar plantations manned by slaves in Jamaica and enabling them to also purchase a 500-acre estate in Herefordshire.

This wealth allowed her to publish poems from an early age. However by age 20 the family's fortunes were to decline, but never below comfortable, after losing a lawsuit over their plantations. Shortly thereafter Elizabeth became afflicted with an unknown disease and became addicted to morphine.

Despite this she continued to write and became increasingly popular both in England and in the United States. Her poems against slavery chronicled her abhorrence of the basis of the family wealth. In 1844 she was introduced to the younger Robert Browning who was a great admirer of her work and began a secret courtship and thence to marriage.

To him she wrote and dedicated one of her greatest works, Sonnets from the Portuguese, and they went to live in Italy in 1846. Although by now an invalid, she seemed insecure of the love of the vigorous Robert but continued to write and publish poetry as diverse as love sonnets and political pieces before succumbing to death in 1861. 

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Biograhpy


In this compilation - 

01 - Elizabeth Barrett Browning - An Introduction
02 - A Curse For A Nation 
03 - The House Of Clouds 
04 - The Runaway  Slave At Pilgrim's Point 
05 - Comfort 
06 - Chorus Of Eden Spirits  
07 - The Autumn 
08 - A Musicial Instrument 
09 - To My Father On His Birthday
10 - Aurora Leigh (Excerpts)
11 - A Thought For A Lonly Death Bed
12 - The Ladies Yes 
13 - My Heart & I 
14 - A Man's Requirements 
15 - Change Upon Change 
16 - A Woman's Shortcomings 
17 - Sonnets From The Portuguese