I’ve decided to just give up and let Rebecca Romney have the world.

Aldine by Rebecca Romney

In January of 1845, Elizabeth Barrett was a world-famous poet, admired by many and guaranteed a place in the canon of English poets. That same year, her physician doubted she would live through the winter. Wracked by physical and psychological pain, Elizabeth Barrett agreed. Then she received a letter.

 

The letter was from Robert Browning, a poet not nearly as famous as she, although she had praised his poetry in a recent publication. He was six years younger than her and said he did not believe in romantic love.  His letter was full of admiration:

 

I love your verses with all my heart, dear Miss Barrett…

 

But soon, audaciously, moved to more extravagant declarations:

 

I do, as I say, love these Books with all my heart– and I love you too…

 

Naturally Elizabeth felt some concern, her own admiration for Robert notwithstanding. They had not…

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This is the journal of Jonathan Kearns Rare Books & Curiosities, and all who sail in her. Information, updates, rantings, musings and pretty pictures related (loosely I would imagine) to the world of rare and antiquarian books will be brought to you by a number of different personalities, some of whom cohabit in the same person's head. We welcome queries, comments and contributions of virtually any description, and in return we will attempt to rein in our multitudinous personality disorders and deliver wonders and joys beyond compare. At least that's the plan. View all posts by bibliodeviant

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