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Laughlin, Clara E. (The) Brownings — the most ideal
of love stories. (In her Stories of authors' loves.
2 V, 1902. V. 2, 920L374.)

A brief account of their courtship, marriage, wedded life,
with pertinent quotations from their poems.

Leake, ]Mrs. Percy. Ethics of Browning's poems. 1901.


"Traces... the large, the permanent, the uplifting thoughts
about the work and destiny of man with which it has been
the privilege of Robert Browning's genius to enrich his time"
(From the introduction by the Bishop of Winchester, the present
Archbishop of Canterbury).

Leavens, Pauline. Browning. 1910. 82i.7B88Le

"Biographical notes, appreciations, and selections from his
'Fifty men and women','

Le Gallienne, Richard. Robert Browning and Eliza-
beth Barrett. (In his Loves of the poets. 191 1. p. i.

An account of the origin, development, and strength of their
love drawn mainly from their letters and poems.

Little, Marion. Essays on Robert Browning. 1899.


Contents: Browning's public; Paracelsus; Caponsacchi; Two
poems on painters and their art; Andrea del Sarto; Christmas

Lockwood, Frank C. Robert Browning. C1906.


The author's desire is to present to serious readers a con-
nected account of things funaamental that lie deeply bedded in
Browning's life and poetry.

London. Browning society. Papers, [v. i]-3. 1881-
91. 82i.;BS8Ln

The society was founded by the late Dr. Frederick J. Turni-
vall and was given up in 1893. The napers deal with various
aspects of Browning's mind and art. Included in them is Dt.
Furnivall's Bibliography. A list of the papers is given in
Wise's Materials for a bibliograiihy of the writings in prose and
verse of Robert Browning, part viii (See section I of this List).
Dr. Berdoc edited a selection of the papers, which was pub-
lished in 1895 (See his Browning studies listed ante).

Lounsbury, T. R. Early literary career of Robert
Browning. 191 1. 821.7B88LU

Four lectures dealing witli Browning's earlier productions
(1833-46), with the effect of these on his contemporaries, and
with the causes of his early popularity, the subsequent neglect
of him, and the revival of his reputation. Considerable criticism
of his work and clear statements of the facts bearing upon a
number of disputed points are included.

Mabie, Hamilton W. Robert Browning. (In his Es-
says in literary interpretation. 1899. p. 99. 814-

"The endeavor has been to lay bare Browning's characteristic
quality as a thinker and as an artist, to make clear his dis-
tinctive and peculiar message and work."

MacDonald, Cora Martin. Study of Browning's Saul.
1902. 821.7B8SMC

Prints the poem and gives a sort of analysis and commentary,
with some suggestions tor study.


MacDonald, George. Browning's "Christmas eve." (In
his Imagination and other essays, n. d. 824M13.)

Same. (In his Orts. 1882. 824M13O.)

A description or analysis of the poem, with comments on it
and indications of its teachings.

Machen, Mrs. Minnie (Gresham). Bible in Browning,
with particular reference to The Ring and the book.
1903. 821.7B88MA

Part I deals with the general subject of Browning's familiarity
with and use of the phrases and words of the Bible : part II.
is devoted to "Scriptural quotations and allusions in 'The Ring
and the Book'."

Marzials, Frank T. Browning. 1905. BB885M

A little book giving the main events of the poet's life and
introductory notes to and some criticism of his poems.

Mather, J. Marshall. Browning, the optimist. (In his
Popular studies of nineteenth century poets. 1892.

Browning's optimism is affirmed to be due to his belief in a
God, who is love, and in the soul. How it is exhibited in dif-
ferent poems and different characters is pointed out.

Mellone. Rev. S. H. Robert Browning. (In his
Leaders of religious thought in the nineteenth cen-
tury. 1902. 211M52.)

Gives his idea of what is Browning's contribution to the
great central problem of religious thought — the source and mean-
ing of belief in the divine being — , of what is the great lesson
of Browning's poetry, of what is Browning's view of the
t problem of evil, etc.

Molineux, Marie Ada, ed. Phrase book from the poetic
H and dramatic works of Robert Browning. 1896.

The phrases are given under catch words and the references
are to the Riverside and Cambridge editions (Houghton, Mifflin
& Co.) of Browning's works. An index is added containing the
significant words not elsewhere noted. The design of the work
is to fill all the important needs of the student and writer, a
concordance which was contemplated being considered to be too
bulky and elaborate.


More, Paul Elmer. Wh}' is Browning popular? (In
his Shelburne essays; scries 3. 1905. 820.1M83S.)

Gives various elements in his popularity. "The secret of liis
more esoteric fame is just this, that he dresses a worldly and
easy philosophy in the forms of spiritual faith and so deceives
the troubled seekers after the higher life." He has produced
"a body of writing which is neither quite prose nor quite

Morley, John. On the Ring and the book. (In his
Studies in literature. 1901 [C1890-1901]. 804M86.)

A favorable review. "It is certain that bv whatever other
deficiencies it may be marked The Ring and the Book is blame-
less for the most characteristic of all the shortcomings of con-
temporary verse, a grievous sterility of thought."

Naish, Ethel M. Browning and dogma. 1906.


"Seven lectures on Browning's attitude towards dogmatic re-
ligion," given in Birmingham, England. I. Introductory, and
Caliban upon Setebos. II. Cleon. III. Bishop Blougram's
apology. IV, \' & \'I. Christmas eve and Kaster day. \'II.
La Saisiaz.

Nettleship, John T. Essays on Robert Browning's
poetry. 1868. 821.7B8SX

.Sie next.

Robert Browning; essays and thoughts. 1901.


Includes the Essays published in 1868 and additional essays.
Not criticism in the usual sense of the word; not a discussion
of the poems in their historical aspect, but an examination, more
or less analytical in method, of the working of the impulses
of the men and women portrayed in a few of his more powerful
productions, is the author's purpose.

Old yellow book. 1908. R343O44

.\ con;i)lete photo-reproduction of the source of Browning's
The King and the Book, with translations, an essay on the re-
lation of book and poem, and notes bv Charles W. Ilodell,
published by the Carnegie Institution. The original is in the
Library of Balliol College, 0.\ford. Four jilates are included.

Old yellow book. [191L] 343O44Y

:\ viilumc in Everyman's Library, reproducing the translations
made by Professor Hodell and provided with an introduction
and notes by him.


Orr, j\Irs. Sutherland. Handbook to the works of
Robert Browning. Ed. 6. 1899. 821.7B88O

"A kind of descriptive index, based partly on the historical
order and partly on the natural classification of the various
poems." A chapter on General characteristics precedes the part
devoted to outlines and explanations of the poems.

Life and letters of Robert Browning. 2 v. 1891.


Same. n. d. BB8850r

Same; edited by F. G. Kenyon. New and revised

edition. 1908. BB8850k

See introductory paragraph to this section.

Parrott, T. M. Vitality of Browning. (In his Studies
of a booklover. i904[c'oi-'o4]. p. 262. 820.1P26.)

Gives an outline of his life and poetical career and gives
reasons for his assured vitality.

Pater, Walter. Browning. (In his Essays from "The
Guardian." 1901. p. 39. 824P29E.)

A favorable estimate of Browning, mainly a review of Sy-
mons's Introduction to the Study of Browning, the purpose and
the opinions of which are commended.

Payne, W. M. Robert Browning. (In his Greater
English poets of the nineteenth century. 1907.
p. 192. 821.7P34.)

The author's main object in his exposition of the poets in-
cluded in these lectures is "to examine their poetry with re-
spect to its intellectual content, to set forth their ideas upon
religious and philosophical subjects, and to discuss their atti-
tude toward the political and social conditions of their time."

Pearson, C. W. Elements of value in Browning. (In
his Literary and biographical essays; a volume of
papers by the way. 1908. p. 151. 814P361.)

An attempt "to exhibit some of the elements of value in
Browning rather than his faults."

Porter, Charlotte and Clarke, Helen A. Browning
study programmes. [C19GO.]. 821.7B88PC

Lays out programmes in which topics for papers, classwork
or private study, hints, queries for discussion, etc., are given.
Begins with the slighter and more obvious poems, the general
design being the gradual unfolding of the matter the poems
contain so as to help readers to help themselves.


Rain, Rev. Thomas. Browning for beginners. 1904.


Aims to present the man and his work in broad outline,
answering such questions as: what sort of people did Browning
spring from? how was he brought up? what type of mind
had he? what class of subjects interested him? how did he
feel about religion?

Revell, William F. Browning's criticism of life. 1892.


Author's aim is to lay before his readers some few of the
thoughts, hopes, and beliefs presented in Browning's works. I.
Human nature and conduct. II. Religious thought. III.
Knowledge and love. IV. "Sordello's story told."

Ritchie, Anne Thackeray. Robert and Elizabeth Bar-
rett Browning. (In her Records of Tennyson,
Ruskin, Browning. 1892. p. 127. 920R59R.)

Gives a personal record of impressions and remembrances of
Robert Browning (beginning on p. 140), with whom she was
intimate, the poet dedicating Red Cotton Nightcap Country to
her, and some letters.

Rogers, Rev. Arthur. Prophecy and poetry; studies in

Isaiah and Browning. 1909. 204R72

A comparison of the two men, in which the author endeavors

to point out where there is a likeness, and then to prove the

likeness by their words.

Rose, Henry. "Pippa passes": the optimism of Robert
Browning. (In his Maeterlinck's symbolism: The
Blue bird, and other essays. 1911. p. 59. 814R79.)

Considers the religious and ethical teaching of Browning as
embodied in two songs of Pippa, "The year's at the spring" and
"All service ranks the same with God."

Saintsbury, George. Browning. (In his Corrected
impressions; essays on Victorian writers. i899[c95].
chapters xi & xii. 824S15C.)

Gives the reasons which have made him "a lover of Browning,
who was never a Browningite." Points out his merits and

Scudder, Vida D. Browning as a humorist. (In her
Life of the spirit in the modern English poets.
1895. P- 201. 820S43L.)

Humor, and humor tinged with irony, is the most distinctive,
if not the most important, clement in his genius. Browning
is master in two great branches of humorous art — the grotesque
and the satiric. There are numerous references to IJrownmg
in other parts of the book.

Shackford, Rev. C. C. The Pope in "The Ring and
the book" [and] Browning's "In a balcony." (In
his Social and literary papers. 1892. p. 108 & p. 116.

The first is an analysis or paraphrase of "The Pope" section
of the poem; the second is an analysis and critical study of the

Sharp, Amy. Robert Browning. (In her Victorian
poets. 1891. 821.7S53.)

A sort of running commentary on a number of Browning's
works, especially the Ring and the Book, Pippa Passes, and
Colombe's Birthday, giving in some cases an outline of the
story, an interpretation of Browning's ideas, and indications of
his qualities.

Sharp, William. Life of Robert Browning. 1890.


A narrative of the principal events of his career, in which
the poems are analyzed more or less.

Skelton, Sir John. Robert Browning. (In his Cam-
paigner at home. 1865. 828S627C.)

Reviews the charges that have been most frequently pressed
against Mr. Browning and glances at some of the features of
his genius.

Smith, Arnold. Robert Browning. (In his Main ten-
dencies of Victorian poetry. 1907. 821.7S462.)

Critical observations on his poetry.

Stedman, Edmund Clarence. Robert Browning. (In
his Victorian poets. 1901C1875-87. 821.7S812V

Analyzes his dramatic gift, his method, and the moral of his
verse. A critical estimate of various poems and plays is given.
By his contempt of beauty or inability to surely express it,
Browning fails of that union of art and spiritual power which
always characterizes a poet entirely great,

Stephen, Sir Leslie. The Browning letters. (In his
Studies of a biographer. 4 v. 18199. v. 3. 804S82.)

"The difficulty about the Browning letters is, I think, this:
whether, in spite of their own undeniable merits, they will not
set a precedent eminently likely to be abused." "Was it
really necessary that the whole correspondence should be pub-


Stowell, R. S. Significance of [Browning's] The Ring
and the book. 1903. 8217B88S

"The poem is a grand concrete expression of the all impor-
tant truth that the mode of activity of the intellectual man is
quickened by the spiritual, absolute man."

Strong, A. H., D.D. Browning: his poetry and his
theology. (In his Great poets and their theology.
1899. 808.1S92.)

"Browning is greatest as a creative genius; less great as an
idealizer; least great as a literary artist." lie is the greatest
optimist of the century and a pronounced evolutionist. Love is
for Browning the highest, richest conception man can form
and a guarantee for immortality. The later Browning is a
philosopher rather than a poet.

Stubbs, C. W., D.D. Robert Browning. (In his Christ
of English poetry. 1906. 821.7S93.)

Believes Browning to be "the most representative poet of
our own period — the poet of keenest spiritual insight, who
shall best interpret for us in the light of modern knowledge the
person and the spirit of Jesus Christ." Two points are con-
sidered: I. The Christian faith in a good God as it is af-
fected by the scientific hypothesis of evolution. II. How does
Browning interpret for us the personality of the Christ Him-
self in its influence on the spiritual nature of man.

Symons, Arthur. Introduction to the study of Brown-
ing. 1886. 82i.7B88Sm

Same. New revised and enlarged edition, n. d.


The aim is to give information, more or less detailed, about
each of Mr. Browning's works, such and sufficient information
as to induce people who have deprived themselves of a stimulat-
ing pleasure to read him.

Thomson, James. Notes on the genius of Robert
lirowning [and] "The Ring and the book" [and]
Browning's "Pacchiart>tto." (In his Biographical
and critical studies. 1896. 801T48.)

The first paper, which was read before the London Browning
Society in i88j is a favorable criticism of various characteristics
of Browning and a defense of hini against some animadver-
sions; the second is a general criticism of "this one greatest
work of our poet"; the third i.s a review of Pacchiarotto and
other poems, in which the reviewer dwells briefly on various
personal characteristics.


Triggs, O. L, Browning and Whitman, a study in
democracy. 1893. 821.7B88T.

Expansion of a paper read before the London Browning So-
ciety in 1892. The purpose of the paper was to point out the
essential democracy of Browning. In this work Browning and
Whitman are compared as exponents of democratic principles.

Esoteric tendency in literature: Browning. (In

his Changing order. 1905. 814T82.)

Devoted to showing that "Browning displays his esotericism
in three ways: in the personalization of his poetry, in the
artistic modes of his expression, and in the forms of his

Vaughan, C. E. Browning. (In his Types of tragic
drama. 1908. 808.2V36.)

In Lecture XI, Some types of recent drama: Browning,
Maeterlinck, Ibsen, the author, who is a professor of English
literature in the University of Leeds, points out the peculiarities
in the way the situation is handled and in the presentation of
character which characterize Browning's dramas.

Walker, Hugh. Browning. (In his Greater Victorian
poets. 1895. 821.7W17.)

A critical estimate of his works and a study of the relation
of the poet to the spirit and thought of the time. Chapter III,
Browning: 1833 to 1846, p. 35; Chapter V^, Browning's inter-
mediate period, 1850-1869, p. 91; Tennyson and Browning: the
closing period, p. 150.

Wall, Annie. Sordello's story retold in prose. 1886.


The story of the poem is preceded by an historical introduc-
tion giving knowledge of the political and social conditions of
Italy at that period and information about the chief persons of
the poem and is followed by a brief study of the character of

Westcott, B. F. On some points in Browning's view
of life. (In his Essays in the history of religious
thought in the West. 1891. 204W52.)

A paper read by Professor Westcott, later Bishop of Durham,
before the Cambridge Browning Society, November, 1882, and
printed originally in the London Browning Society Papers,
V. I, pt. iv. It is also included in Berdoe's Browning studies.

Gives an outline of "the thought which Browning offers to us
unity of life, the discipline of life, the continuity o£

on the unity


Whiting, Lilian. (The) Brownings; their life and art.
1911. BB885\Vh

Miss Whiting had the assistance of the poets' son in rcmloriii.'
complete and authentic this double biography. Many unpublished
letters are included.

Wilson, F. Mary. Primer on Browning. 1891.


Three chapters: I. Browning's literary life. II. Browning's
characteristics. III. Introductions to the poems (consisting of
analyses and critical remarks).

Woodberry, G. E. On Browning's death. (In his
Makers of literature. 1901 [C1890-1900]. p. 386.

Same. (In his Studies in letters and life. 1890.

p. 276. 814W88S.)

A critical estimate of Browning's poetry, published just after
his death.


B. Periodical Articles (Selected).

Browning and [Bishop] Butler. J. Cliurton Collins.
Contemporary Review, 98: 467; Living Age, 267:

Browning and Sainte-Beuve. G. Bradford, Jr. North
American Review, 191 : 488.

Browning and Tennyson as spiritual forces. C. C.
Everett. New World, 2: 240.

Browning and the larger public. Review of Reviews,
15: 184.

Consists mainly of two papers: I. The Significance of Brown-
ing's message, by F. \V. Farrar, D.D. II. Browning as a
poet of the plain people, by F. Herbert Stead, warden of
Browning Hall (a social settlement).

Browning as a religious teacher. R. H. Hutton. Living
Age, 184: 660.

Browning biography. Emily Hickey. Nineteenth
Century and After, 68: 1060; Living Age, 268: 201.

In the main a review of Professor Griffin's Life.

Browning in Asolo. K. Bronson. Century Magazine,
59: 920.
Mrs. Bronson was a neighbor of Browning in Asolo.

Browning in Edinburgh. Rosaline Masson. Living
Age, 260: 653.

Relates to a visit made in 1884.

Browning in Venice. K. Bronson. Century Magazine,

63: 572.

Another paper by Mrs. Bronson of Asolo, who also had a
home in Venice.

Browning's casuistry. Sir Leslie Stephen. Living Age,
236: 257.

Browning's plays and poems. James Russell Lowell.
North American Review, 66: 357 (April 1848).


Browning's summers in Brittany. A, M. Mosher. Cen-
tury Magazine, 54(32): 755-

Browning's theism. Josiah Royce. New World, 5:

Browning's theory of love as developed in his lyrical
poems. E. J. Bailey. Arena, 41: 274.

The Brownings. Mrs. Andrew Crosse. Living Age,
192: 719.

The Browning tonic. Martha B. Dunn. Atlantic
Monthly, 90: 203.

Did Browning whistle or sing? F. M. Padelford. Liv-
ing Age, 261: 475.

A defense of Browning's verse.

Glorious Robert Browning. Emily Hickey. Nineteenth
Century and After, 70: 753; Living Age, 271: 270.

Influence of Italy on the poetry of the Brownings.
Ethel de Fonblanque. Fortnightly Review, 92: ^i^j.

"Jocoseria" and the critics: a plea for the reader. W. J.
Courthopc. National Review, i: 548.

Mr. Browning's place in literature. Mrs. Sutherland
Orr. Contemporary Review, 2Z\ 934; Living Age,
122: 67.

Optimism of Browning and Meredith. A. C. Pigou.
Living Age, 246: 415.

A Philistine view [of Browning's Blot in the 'scutch-
eon]. T. R. Lounsbury. Atlantic Monthly, 84: 764.

Religious opinions of Robert Browning. Mrs. Suther-
land Orr. Contemporary Review, 60: 876; Living
Age, 192: 365.

Robert Browning. Living Age, 185: 666.

Robert Browning. Living Age, 186: ^^l■.


Robert Browning; in memoriam. Edmund Gosse. Liv-
ing Age, 184: zi^'

Robert Browning. Roden Noel. Contemporary Re-
view, 44: 701; Living Age, 159: 771.

Robert Browning. William Lyon Phelps. Century
Magazine, 84: 118 (May, 1912).

Robert Browning. H. D. Traill. National Review, 14:
592; Living Age, 184: 297.

Robert Browning the musician. A. Goodrich-Freer.
Nineteenth Century and After, 49: 648; Living Age,
229: 803.

"Robert Browning, writer of plays." W. L. Courtney.
Fortnightly Review, 39: 888; Eclectic Magazine, lOi:

Robert Browning's message to the nineteenth century.
J. T. Bixby. Arena, i: 283.








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