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Robert Browning

Robert Browning MARY ELLIS GIBSON / 303 MARY ELLIS GIBSON This year's writing on Robert Browning might take as its motto "accents uncertain." The two books and various articles I discuss here focus on the uncertainties of literary reputation, on the complexities of Browning's meter and language, and on the difficulties of literary inheritance. The articles show a renewed interest in language and meter among readers of Browning as well as a continuing interest in Browning's role as a precursor of modernism. The two longer studies published this year are books in series. Stefan Hawlin's admirable Complete Critical Guide to Robert Browning appears in the Routledge Critical Guide Series (London, 2002). Sarah Wood's Robert Browning: A Literary Life appears in the Palgrave series of literary lives (New York, 2001). This coincidence further confirms that the market for monographs is increasingly shaped by the reluctance of university presses to take on single-author studies. Stefan Hawlin negotiates the somewhat procrustean form of the Routledge series with considerable ease. I could not but feel that Sarah Wood was fettered by the notion of the "literary life" in her negotiation of the relation between biographical and critical questions. Hawlin's critical guide, following Routledge's formula, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Victorian Poetry West Virginia University Press

Robert Browning

Victorian Poetry , Volume 40 (3) – Jan 10, 2002

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MARY ELLIS GIBSON / 303 MARY ELLIS GIBSON This year's writing on Robert Browning might take as its motto "accents uncertain." The two books and various articles I discuss here focus on the uncertainties of literary reputation, on the complexities of Browning's meter and language, and on the difficulties of literary inheritance. The articles show a renewed interest in language and meter among readers of Browning as well as a continuing interest in Browning's role as a precursor of modernism. The two longer studies published this year are books in series. Stefan Hawlin's admirable Complete Critical Guide to Robert Browning appears in the Routledge Critical Guide Series (London, 2002). Sarah Wood's Robert Browning: A Literary Life appears in the Palgrave series of literary lives (New York, 2001). This coincidence further confirms that the market for monographs is increasingly shaped by the reluctance of university presses to take on single-author studies. Stefan Hawlin negotiates the somewhat procrustean form of the Routledge series with considerable ease. I could not but feel that Sarah Wood was fettered by the notion of the "literary life" in her negotiation of the relation between biographical and critical questions. Hawlin's critical guide, following Routledge's formula,

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Published: Jan 10, 2002

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