Critics’ Reviews

“With this superb annotated edition—both a teaching text and an original contribution to scholarship—the poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning at last has the presentation it has long deserved. The introduction, headnotes, and annotations of Marjorie Stone and Beverly Taylor contextualize the poetry in terms of its experimentalism, historical context, and wide-ranging allusions. Their edition does full justice to a major Victorian poet and demonstrates why she is a poet of such compelling magnitude and fascination.” — Linda K. Hughes, Addie Levy Professor of Literature, Texas Christian University

“This is the edition of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poetry that we have been waiting for. Edited by two leading authorities in the field, this volume offers a wide selection of EBB’s works taken from across her long career and will enable readers to gain an understanding of her important contribution to nineteenth-century poetics. The individual poems are meticulously annotated and introduced by insightful headnotes, whilst the introduction and supplementary materials explore key biographical, literary, social, and political contexts. Revealing the range of EBB’s poetic skills beyond Aurora Leigh, Stone and Taylor’s edition is a major contribution to scholarship and will be welcomed by students, lecturers, scholars, and general readers.” — Simon Avery, University of Westminster

Posted on November 2, 2015