By Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Aurora Leigh is the main instance of the mid-nineteenth-century poem of latest lifestyles. This verse-novel is a richly targeted illustration of the early Victorian age. The social landscape extends from the slums of London, in the course of the literary global, to the higher periods and a few amazing satiric photos: an aunt with rigidly traditional notions of woman schooling; Romney Leigh, the Christian socialist; Lord Howe, the beginner radical; Sir Blaise Delorme, the
ostentatious Roman Catholic; and the unscrupulous society good looks girl Waldemar.
However, the dominant presence within the paintings is the narrator, Aurora Leigh herself. From early years in Italy and youth within the West nation to the vocational offerings, artistic struggles, and emotional entanglements of her first decade of grownup existence, Aurora Leigh develops her principles on paintings, love, God, the girl query, and society.
This is the 1st significantly edited and completely annotated variation for nearly a century.
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