The Brownings’ Correspondence, Volume 10

Item# BC10


January 1845–July 1845, Letters 1799–1981

Volume 10 contains RB’s first letter to EBB. Dated 10 January, its opening words, “I love your verses with all my heart, dear Miss Barrett,” mark the beginning of their unequaled courtship correspondence. Their friendship deepens as letters grow more frequent, but a crisis occurs after their first meeting in May when RB openly declares his love for her. Explanations are made and accepted, however, and their budding relationship survives. Meanwhile, EBB continues to bask in the praise for her Poems (1844). Her health visibly improving after a mild winter, she ventures out of Wimpole Street on carriage rides. She engages in lively discussions on French literature with long-time correspondent Mary Russell Mitford. RB publishes more poetry in Hood’s Magazine, including one of his best-known works: “The Tomb at St. Praxed’s,” later renamed “The Bishop Orders his Tomb at St. Praxed’s Church.”

  • Published 1992
  • ISBN 0-911459-21-9
  • LC 84-5287
  • 6 x 9 inches, hardback, xiv + 422 pages
  • 11 illustrations, 1 in color
  • Approximate weight: 2.00 lbs.