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Aurora Leigh

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Described by its author E. B. Browning as a ‘novel in verse’, published 1857, is the 11,000‐line life‐story of a woman writer. Her rejection of, and final reunion with, her philanthropist suitor Romney Leigh are less important than the poem's forceful and often witty speculations on the poet's mission, on social responsibilities, and on the position of women, its vivid impressionistic sketches of crowds and social groups, and its glimpses of dewy English countryside and luminous Italian landscapes.

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806—1861) poet and writer