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  • Published: 30 September 2012
  • ISBN: 9781446443514
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 416

Elizabeth Barrett Browning




'This is the most exciting sort of biography to read, or to write: the myth-dispelling biography which overturns an old story, and does so most convincingly' New Statesman

The story of Elizabeth Barrett Browning has become part of literary mythology - the invalid kept locked up in Wimpole Street by a tyrannical father until her elopement and flight to Italy at the age of forty. In this important biography, Margaret Forster challenges the legend, introducing us to another Elizabeth Barrett Browning, one who was no frail and terrified daughter but a woman as strong and determined as her father and responsible in a large part for her own incarceration.

  • Pub date: 30 September 2012
  • ISBN: 9781446443514
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 416

About the Author

Margaret Forster

Born in Carlisle, Margaret Forster was the author of many successful and acclaimed novels, including Have the Men Had Enough?, Lady's Maid, Diary of an Ordinary Woman, Is There Anything You Want? , Keeping the World Away, Over and The Unknown Bridesmaid. She also wrote bestselling memoirs – Hidden Lives, Precious Lives and, most recently, My Life in Houses – and biographies. She was married to writer and journalist Hunter Davies and lived in London and the Lake District. She died in February 2016, just before her last novel, How to Measure a Cow, was published.

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Praise for Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“This is the most exciting sort of biography to read, or to write: the myth-dispelling biography which overturns an old story, and does so most convincingly'”

New Statesman

“If it is a test of a good biography to send the reader hot-foot to the subject's works, Margaret Forster's has succeeded triumphantly”

The Times


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