Brooklyn Public Library.

Robert Browning, 1812-1889, a list of books and of references to periodicals in the Brooklyn Public Library online

. (page 2 of 3)
Online LibraryBrooklyn Public LibraryRobert Browning, 1812-1889, a list of books and of references to periodicals in the Brooklyn Public Library → online text (page 2 of 3)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook


opinion as to the extent of this assistance. Statements on this
point will be found in C.rifTin, Life of Browning, p. 18, and in
Kliss Mickey's article. Browning biography, in The Nineteenth
Century and After, 68: 1060 (reprinted in Littcll's Lking Age,

268: .201).

— Strafford. (In his Dramatis persona?. 1886.
82iB88Dp.)

18



Same.


(In


■ Same.


(In


dramas.


n. d


• Same.

B88Pw.)


(In


• Same.


(In


— Same.


(In


Two poets

JEschylus].


Same.


(In


Same. (In

821B88AL.)


Same.


(In


Same.


(In



his Pauline. 1887. 82iB88Pa.)

his Pippa passes and other poetic
. 822B88P.)
his Poetical works, 1868. v. i. 821-

Same. 1894-1903. v. i. 821B88P09.)
his Sordello. 1864. 821B88S0.)

of Croisic. (In his Agamemnon [of
1882. 82iB88Am.)
Same. 1886. 82iB88Ag.)

his Agamemnon of ^schylus. 1887.

Same. 1899. 821B88AS.)
Same. 1895. 82iB88Aa.)



19



III. BIOGRAPHY, CRITICISM, ETC.

A. Books and Parts of Books.

The only authorized biography of Robert Brown-
ing and the principal source of information as to his
personal career is the Life and letters published by
Mrs. Sutherland Orr, who had exceptional opportuni-
ties for obtaining material through her long friendship
with the poet. Valuable biographical material is in-
cluded in the Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning,
1897, and the Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth
Barrett Barrett, 1845-46, published in 1899. The latest
complete life of Browning is that of the late Professor
VV. Hall Griffin (finished by H. C. Minchin). Pro-
fessor Griffin qualified himself by many years of study
and collection of materials and had access to some
material not available to Mrs. Orr. Another recent
account of the poet's life is included in Lilian Whiting's
The Brownings. An authoritative brief biography is
contributed by Edmund Gosse to the Dictionary of
national biography, supplement, v. i, p. 3o6fT. (See also
Mr. Gosse's Robert Browning; personalia, listed
below.)

Abbott, Mary W. Browning and Meredith; some
points of similarity. 1904. 820.1A13

Affirms that in their faults, as in their virtues, they are much
alike and points out in what ways they resemble each other as
men and writers.

Alexander, W. J. Introduction to the poetry of Robert
Browning. I902[ci889]. 821.7B88A

Consists largely of extracts, accompanied by careful analyses
and a copious critical commentary. Amonf? the topics treated
are Browning's general characteristics. j)l»iIosophy, tlieory of
art, and development.

Austin, Alfred. Mr. Browning. (In his Poetry of the
period. 1870. 821.7A93.)

In this early critique, the present poet-laureate argues that

Browning is "not specifically a poet, but specifically something

(juite different" — "a deep thinker, a profound philosopher, a
keen analyser and a biting wit."



20



4



Bagehot, WaUer. Wordsworth, Tennyson and Brown-
ing; or, Pure, ornate and grotesque art in English
poetry. (In his Literary studies. 3 v. 1898. v. 2.
824B14L; and in other editions of his works.)

Reprinted from the National Rcz'iew, Nov. 1864. "Of this
art [grotesque art! we possess in the present generation one
prolific master. Mr. Browning is an artist working by incon-
gruity." Some of Bagehot's opinions are adverse.

Berdoe, Edward. Browning and the Christian faith.
1896. 821.7B88BC

"The evidences of Christianity from Browning's point of
view." The author, who had abandoned belief in the Christian
religion and become an agnostic, tells how he found his way
back to his former faith by reading Browning's works.

Browning cyclopaedia. 1892. R82i.7B88Bn

"A guide to the study of the works of Robert Browning;
with copious explanatory notes and references on all difficult

f>assages." In the case of every poem, an exposition of its
eading ideas, its key-note, its sources, and a glossary of every
difficult word or allusion are given.

Browning's message to his time, his religion, phil-
osophy and science. 1890. 821.7B88B0. Ed. 2.
1891. 821.7B88B

An attempt to set forth some of the broader principles of
Browning's teaching for educated people who require some kind
of introduction before undertaking the study of the poet.

, ed. Browning studies, being select papers by

members of the Browning society. 1895.

82i.7B88Bb

The editor contributes an introduction in which he tells about
the Browning Society of London, its membership, period of
existence (1881-1893), its achievements, and the like. The
papers are selected from the Browning Society's publications.

Birrell, Augustine. On the alleged obscurity of Mr.
Browning's poetry. (In his Obiter dicta: first
series. 1895. P- 55- 824B61.)

Most of his poems are intelligible, but thev are difficult read-
ing. If we are moved by his matter, to cnarge him with ob-
scurity is both folly and ingratitude.

Robert Browning; an address delivered at the

Browning hall settlement, Walworth, 1897. (In his
Essays and addresses. 1901. p. 182. 824B61E.)

Speaks especially of Browning as a religious poet.



y^



Bolton, Mrs. S. K. Robert Browning. (In her Famous
English authors of the 19th century. [C1890].
p. 390. j92oB69Fn.)

A brief account of his life and works, u?eful for the general
reader.

Boston Browning society. Papers, selected to repre-
sent the work of the society from 1886-1897. 1900-
C1897. 82i.7B88Pa

There arc papers by T. W. Iligginson, Josiah Royce, Percy
S. Grant, C. G. Ames, G. VV. Cooke. W. J. Rolfe, Helen A.
Clarke, Charlotte Porter, J. W. Chadwick, F. B. Ilornbrooke,
P. S. Moxom, \'ida D. Scudder, and others.

Brooke, Rev. Stopford A. Poetry of Robert Browning.
[C1902.] 821.7B88BR

An analytical and critical study. Some of the topics treated
are Browning and Tennyson, Browning's treatment of nature,
his theory of human life, the poet of art, womanhood in Brown-
ing, Browning and Sordello, the dramas, the poems of the
passions, imaginative representations, the Ring and the Book, etc.

Buchanan, R. W. Browning's masterpiece. (In his
Master-spirits. 1873. P- 89. 824B918M.)

An analysis and criticism of the Ring and the Book. "Every-
thing Browningish is found here."

Burton, Richard. Renaissance pictures in Browning's
poetry. (In his Literary likings. [C1898-1903.] p.
150. 804B97L.)

A paper read before the Boston Browning Society, October
26, 1897. Browning has given a superb gallery of I^enaissance
historic pictures, re-creatmg with dynamic force and virile
imagination past beliefs and feelings, people and actions.

Carpenter, W. Boyd. Browning. (In his Religious
spirit in the poets. 1901. Chap. xi. (p. 202) and
Chap. xii. (p. 224). 824C29.)

Browning is the poet of simple human life, its anguish, its
search, its doubt, its despair, its triumph. In spite of all
perplexing questions there is such a thing as springtime and
God is over all, is Browning's invigorating message to the men
of his generation.

Gary, E. L. Browning, poet and man; a survey. 1899.

BBSSsCa

A "looking over" of the ground covered by his life and
poetry and of "the place the two seem to have occupied in the
generation to which he belonged." There are quotations from
contemporary opinions and from French criticism, a chapter
on Browning societies, etc.

22



Chapman, E. M. Great twin brethren: Tennyson and
Browning, (in his English literature in account
with religion. 1910. p. 349. 820C46.)

The purpose is to appraise the value of religion to them
as poets.

Chapman, John Jay. Robert Browning. (In his Emer-
son and other essays. 1898. p. 185. 814C46.)

A critical essay treaung Browning "as a theologian and a
doctor of philosophy." Criticises him adversely as to his verse
and grammar.

Cheney, John Vance. What about Browning. (In his
Golden guess; essays on poetry and the poets. 1892.
Chap. V. 821.7C51.)

It is the author's belief that there are fixed laws of poetic
utterance, which Browning disregards, and he thinks that
Browning is not a great poet, but a great teacher and philoso-
pher,

Chesterton, G. K. Robert Browning. 1903. BB885C

A volume in the English Men of Letters series, giving an
outline of his life and an estimate of his works. Chapters
VI, VII, and VIII deal with Browning as a literary artist, the
Ring and the Book, and the Philosophy of Browning, respect-
ively.

Chicago (111.) Browning society. Robert Browning's
poetry; outline studies. 1886. 82i.7B88Ch

This volume was prepared with the hope of its being helpful
in the study of the poet. The chief thing in it is a "classifica-
tion of the entire writings of Robert Browning," designed to
indicate to clubs and classes the order in which the poems
shall be studied. Short programs are given.

Church, Rev. R. W. Sordello. (In his Dante and other
essays. 1901. p. 221. 851.C56D.)

An analysis and exposition of Browning's poem, in which its
teaching is indicated.

Clark, J. Scott. Browning, 1812-1889. (In his Study of
English and American poets. 1900. p. 658. 821.7-
C59.)

Gives a biographical outline, a bibliography of books and
articles on Browning's style, and, chiefly, an enumeration of
the particular and distinctive features of his style, with extracts
from various critical writings and illustrative examples from bis
works under each head.

23



Clarke, Helen A. Browning's England. 1908.

82i.7B88Cla

"A study of English influences in B'Owning," in which is
traced Browning's use of the materia' which came to hiin
through being an Englishman, through his English education,
etc., as exhibited in certain poems.

Browning's Italy. 1907. 821.7B88CL

"A study of Italian life and art ii Browning." Similar t<''
the preceding.

Cochrane, Robert, ed. Robert Browning. (In his Great
thinkers and workers. [1891 ] 920C66G.)

A brief biography, somewhat anecdotal, accompanied with
comment on his position as a poet.

Cooke, Bancroft. Introduction to Robert Browning,
n. d. 82i.7B88Ck

"A criticism of the purpose and method of his earlier works."
Confined almost entireW to a selection from the six volumes
which comprise his collected poems published in 1868.

Cooke, George Willis. Browning. (In his Poets and
problems. 1901C1886. Pt. iv, p. 269. 821.7C77.)

Contents include: Biographical sketch. Browning's relation to
his wife. Browning's theory of art. Characteristics of Brown-
ing's poetry. Browning's dramatic poetry. Browning as a
thinker, and Browning's religious teachings.

Guide book to the poetic and dramatic works of

Robert Browning. 1894. 821.7B88C

An effort to supply in part the want of an annotated edition.
There are introductions to the various pieces and notes defining
words and explaining allusions.

Corson, Hiram. Introduction to the study of Robert
Browning's poetry. i899[c86]. 821.7B88C0

Designed to afford some aid and guidance in the study of the
poetry. There is a chapter on Browning's "obscurity," in which
arc explained the peculiarities of the poet's diction, one on
Browning's verse, and one giving arguments of poems, and a
selection of poems is included.

Curry, S. S. Browning and the dramatic monologue;
nature and interpretation of an overlooked form of
literature. C1908. 821.7B88CU

A discussion of the dramatic monologue as exemplified by
Browning, its nature, the influence it has exerted upon modern
poetry, the manner of rendering it, etc., by a professional
elocutionist.



:^4



■3

J



Curtis, George William. Robert Browning in Florence. .
(In his From the Easy chair. 1893-94. p. 197-
814C97.)

A brief piece telling of intercourse with the Brownings at
Florence and of going to Vallambrosa with them.

Dawson, W. J. Robert Browning... (In his Literary
leaders of modern England. 1902. p. 143. 804-
D27L.)

Four chapters from his Makers of modern [or English]
poetry or Makers of modern English.

Robert Browning (In his Makers of English

poetry. 1902 & C1906. 821D27. In his Makers of
modern English. 1890. 821D27M. Makers of Eng-
lish poetry is also published as Makers of modern
poetry.)

Six chapters: Robert Browning; Browning's philosophy of
life; The Spirit of Browning's religion; Browning's attitude to
Christianity; Browning's significance in literature; Robert Brown-
ing — concluding survey.

Defries, Esther Phoebe. Browning primer. 1905.

82i.7B88Df

"A companion to the pocket volume of selections." Contents:
Introduction by Dr. Furnivall; Preface; The Life of Browning;
Characteristics' of Browning's poetry; The Poems; Chronological
table.

Devey, J. Browning. (In his Comparative estimate of
modern English poets. 1873. p. zy^. 821.7D49.)

An unfavorable estimate of his art and works. "The quali-
ties in which he excels are not those which belong to the highest
rank of poetry."

Dowden, Edward. Mr. Browning's "Sordello." (In his
Transcripts and studies. 1896. p. 474- 820.1D74.)

Gives a prose rendering of the poem, and indicates the place
of the poem among his poems and its purport as a whole.

Mr. Tennyson and Mr. Browning. (In Afternoon

lectures on English literature [and art]. 5 v. 1863-
69. V. 5, p. 139- 824A25.)
An earlier form of the next.



Dowden, Edward. Mr. Tennyson and Mr. Browning.
(In his Studies in literature. 1902. p. 191. 804D74.)

A comparative study, in which are taken up "the four or five
elementary themes of all poetry — God, nature, genius, art. love,
human life — " and how the two poets treateof them. In the
same author's Transcendental movement and literature, p. 80 ff.
Browning's place in recent literature is discussed.

Robert Browning. 1904. BB885D

Tries to furnish such a biography of Browning's mind, asso-
ciating his poems with their date and origin, as may throw
some light on his inward development.

Duff, David. Exposition of Browning's 'Sordello'; with
historical and other notes. 1906. 821.7B88D.

Gives the story in the form of a complete paraphrase or
retelling in prose of the poem.

Farrar, F. W., D.D. Robert Browning. (In his Men
I have known. C1897. 920F24.)

Gives some recollections and anecdotes of the poet, with
whom he held familiar intercourse.

Fawcett, Edgar. (The) Browning craze. (In his Ag-
nosticism and other essays. C1889. p. 106. 814F27.)

Pours contempt upon the Browningitcs and severely con-
demns Browning for his lack of art.

Flew, Josiah. Studies in Browning, [pref. 1904]. 821.7-
B88F.

The object has been to introduce Browning to those to wlioni
he is little more than a name and to give them samples of the
intellectual wealth which that name represents. Deals especially
with the religious aspects of his poetry.

Forman, H. Buxton. Robert Browning. (In his Our
living poets; an essay in criticism. 1871. p. 103.
821.7F72.)

A very favorable critique, mainly devoted to an analysis and
estimate of the Ring and the Book.

Forster, Joseph. Robert Browning. (In his Four great
teachers. 1890. p. 103. 920F733.)

Consists of a brief biographical sketch and a selection from
his shorter poems, the latter preceded by the conclusion of a
speech made by Lowell at a Browning Society meeting.

26



Fotheringham, James. Studies of the mind and art of
Robert Browning. 1900. 821.7B88F0

Originally published under the title Studies in the poetry of
Robert Browning. This fourth edition is revised and enlarged.
The chapters are "critical and expository, literary and ethical."

Friswell, J. Hain. Robert Browning. (In his Modern
men of letters honestly criticised. 1870. p. 119.
820.1F91.)

"Browning is a much deeper, more manly, and more subtle
thinker than Tennyson." Finds some fault with Browning's
diction.

Genung, J. F. Idylls and the ages; a valuation of Ten-
nyson's Idylls of the king, elucidated in part by com-
parisons between Tennyson and Browning. 1907.

821.7G34

The comparisons are to be found in the first two sections.

Gingerich, S. F. Wordsworth, Tennyson and Brown-
ing; a study in human freedom. 191 1. 123G49

Inquires into the poets' views of the freedom of the will and
how the effect of their theories entered into the making of their
poetry. Chap. IX. Browning and his times; chap. X. Browning:
passion and will; chap. XI. Browning: freedom and transcen-
dentalism; chap. XII. Browning: art and liberalism.

Gosse, Edmund. Robert Browning; personalia. 1895.

BB885G

Appeared originally in the Century Magazine for December,
1881. Deals with the early career (1812-1846) of Browning and
is recast from notes of his conversation taken down at his request.
Added are "some slight recollections of the personal character-
istics" of the poet, contributed to the New Reviezv for January,
1890. Mr. Gosse contributed the life of Browning in the Dic-
tionary of national biography, supplement, v. i.

Gould, E. P. Brownings and America. 1904. BB885G0

Gives information relating to the reception of their works in
America, their American friends and their associations with
America, their attitude toward the Civil War, and other ways
in which their life and work touched America.

Gould, George M. (The) Origin of the ill-health of...
Browning. (In his Biographical clinics. 6 v. 1903-
07. V. I. 920G696.)

Browning suffered from headache and vertigo from about
1845, which were due, according to Dr. Gould, to astigmatism.
Browning never suspected the cause of his suffering.

27



Griffin, W. Hall. Life of Robert Browning; with notices
of his writings, his family and his friends. 1910.

BB885Gm

This work, which was more than half written when Professor
Griffin died, was completed and edited by Harry C. Minchin. It
is based on prolonged study and gathering of material. No
systematic interpretation or detailed criticism of the poems was
contemplated by Professor Griffin, but everything that could be
discovered as to their origins, their growth, and their reception
by the public was to be included. In the preface is a list of
works consulted in the preparation of tnis life, which is
valuable for its indications of Browning material in books not
directly concerned with him.

Griggs, E. H. Poetry and philosophy of Browning.
C1905. 821.7B88G

A handbook of eight lectures, aiming to furnish an intro-
duction to Browning's poetry and philosophy through the careful
study of a few typical and especially lofty expressions of his
genius. In each case a lecture outline, topics for study and
discussion and a list of poems and books for reading are given.

Griswold, Mrs. Hattie (Tyng). Robert and Elizabeth
Browning. (In her Home life of great authors.
1897086. 920G871.)

A sketch of the mutual love of the poets as revealed in their
poems, of their happy married life, with information as to their
son and some observations on their work and personality and
their life in Italy.

Gunsaulus, Rev. F. W. Robert Browning. (In his
Higher ministries of recent English poetry. C1907.
p. 178. 821.7097.)

A study of Browning's interpretation and proclamation of
Christianity.

Haweis, Rev. H. R. Robert Browning, New Year's eve.
(In his Poets in the pulpit. 1880. p. 117. 821.7H38.)

A study in Browning "for the purposes of edification and
devout thought," dealing mainlv with the first part of the poem
"Christmas-eve and Easterday.^'

Hcrford, C H. Robert Browning. 1905. BB885H

Divided into two parts: I. Browning's life and work, in

which is sifted out the really salient and relevant material;

II. Browning's mind and art, which is devoted to an interpre-
tation.

Hill, Julian. Robert Browning. (In his Great English
poets. 1908. p. 293- 9^011646.)
A brief biographical sketch, with little criticism.



Hillis, Newell Dwight, D.D. (A) Study of Browning's
"Saul" — The Tragedy of the ten-talent men and their
recovery. (In his Great books as life-teachers. 1900.
p. 181. 170H65G.)

Tells 'of ten-talent men who made shipwreck and explains
how Browning meditates on the soul's recovery in his "Saul."

Hinchman, W. S. and Gummere, F. B. Robert Brown-
ing. (In their Lives of great English writers from
Chaucer to Browning. 1908. p. 524. 920H65.)

Gives a brief outline of Browning's life and literary career,
as 3 preparation for reading him. By Professor Hinchman.

Holland, F. M. Stories from Robert Browning. 1882.

82iB88St

Reproduces, as much in Browning's own words as possible,
the stories of six dramas (Strafford, Luria, A Blot in the
'scutcheon, Pippa passes. The Return of the Druses, Colombe's
birthday) and three narrative poems (Sordello, The Adventures
of Balaustion, The Ring and the book).

Hornbrooke, F. B., D.D. (The) Ring and the book, by
Robert Browning; an interpretation. 1909.

821.7B88H0

A posthumous work of a Unitarian clergyman, the fourth

president of the Boston Browning Society, who had read the

poem through at least thirty times. An analysis of the poem

and of each part is given, with interpretation of its spirit and
lessons.

Hubbard, Elbert. Robert Browning. (In his Little
journeys to the homes of English authors. 1903.
p. 35. 920H87E.)

A brief biographical sketch.

Hutton, John A. Guidance from Robert Browning in
matters of faith. 1903. 821.7B88H

Originally four lectures given to a class on Sunday evenings,
designed "to urge his message as offering in these days of
ours a basis and motive for faith and hope and love." I. The
Case for belief; II. The Soul's leap to God; III. The Mystery
of evil; I\'. The Incarnation.

Hutton, R. H. Mr. Browning. (In his Essays, theo-
logical and literary. 2 v. 1877. v. 2. 824H98E.)
Same. (In his Literary essays. 1900. 824H98L.)

A critical study, pointing out Browning's deficiencies in the
medium of expression, but affirming that his intellectual and
spiritual strength, etc., will slowly win for him a great, a
growing, and an enduring fame.

29



Hutton, R. H. Robert Browning. (In Masson, David,
and others. In the footsteps of the poets. 1893.
920M41I.)

A brief critical estimate.

Inge, W. R. Mysticism of Robert Browning. (In his
Studies of English mystics. 1906. p. 207. 242I45S.)

"There was a mystical element in his genius and his teaching,
and that element constitutes a very valuable part of his mes-
sage." A Lenten lecture.

Jacobs, Joseph. Browning. (In his Literary studies.
1895. P- 97. 820.1J17.)

A favorable estimate written just after the poet's death.

Same. (In his George Eliot, Matthew Arnold,

Browning, Newman. 1891. 820.1J17G.)

Browning's theology. (In his Jewish ideals. 1896.

p. 84. 296J17.)

A few words on Browning's theology from the Jewish point
of view, pointing out his relation to Judaism.

James, Henry, Jr. Browning in Westminster abbey.
(In his Essays in London and elsewhere. 1893. p. 22.
814J27.)

Written in 1890 just after the poet's funeral in the abbey.
Browning "a poet without a lyre.'

On a drama of Robert Browning. (In his Views

and reviews. 1908. 820.1J27.)

An unfavorable review of "The Inn Album," originally pub-
lished in The Nation, January 20, 1876.

Jones, Henry. Browning as a philosophical and relig-
ious teacher. 1891 & 1896. 821.7B88

The author, who is professor of moral philosophy in the
University of Glasgow, had as his purpose to give a con-
nected account of browning's ideas, especially of his ideas
on religion and morality, and to estimate their value.

Immortality of the soul, in the poems of Tenny-
son and Browning. 1907. 8JI.7J77

A lecture delivered in 1905 ht-forc the British and Foreign
Unitarian Association, in which the lecturer dwells upon tlic
broad features of the poets* belief with tlie view of discovering
the basis on which tliey made it to rest, etc.

30



Kenyon, F. G. ed. Robert Browning and Alfred Domett
[letters]. 1906. BB885K

Consists of letters, relating mostly to the years 1840-46,
written to Domett ("Waring' ), who was for thirty years a
colonial official in New Zealand, by Browning and another early
friend of both, Joseph Arnould, Judge of the Supreme Court
of Bombay. Included is one letter of Miss Browning to
Domett. The letters throw some light on the character of the
poet.

Ker, W. p. Browning. (In Bradley, A. C. comp. Es-
says and studies. 1910. p. 70. 824B81.)

A lecture given at Queen's College, London, ]\Iarch 2, 1910.
The author saw but never met Browning and thinks of him
as he strikes a contemporary. Gives some critical observations
on the character of his poetry and compares this thought and
method with Wordsworth, and his music with Tennyson.

Kingsland, William G. Robert Browning, chief poet
of the age. 1887. 821.7B88K

An essay addressed primarily to beginners in the study of
Browning's poems and treating of him as "first and foremost
a poet."

Knight, William. Robert Browning. (In his Retro-
spects. 1904. p. 69. 920K71R.)

Personal recollections of meetings with Browning and a few


2

Online LibraryBrooklyn Public LibraryRobert Browning, 1812-1889, a list of books and of references to periodicals in the Brooklyn Public Library → online text (page 2 of 3)