Letters of Robert Browning to Miss Isa Blagden

Letters of Robert Browning to Miss Isa Blagden

Letters of Robert Browning to Miss Isa Blagden

Letters of Robert Browning to Miss Isa Blagden


This series of most friendly letters from Robert Browning to Miss Isa Blagden commences apparently in 1855, during the lifetime of the poet's gifted wife, and continues to within a few months of Miss Blagden's own death, January, 1873. Browning, after the death of his wife, felt keenly the loss of female companionship, and accordingly entered into an arrangement with Miss Blagden whereby she was to write to him on the twelfth of each month, and Mr. Browning was to answer on the nineteenth. It is not believed that Miss Blagden ever aspired to become the poet's second wife. Browning, on his part, shows plainly a friendship founded on congeniality and inspired by his gratitude for Miss Blagden's unselfish and unceasing attention and devotion to his wife.

The letters of Robert Browning are gathered in this volume: those from Miss Blagden to the poet, it is believed, no longer exist. In one of Browning's letters he says: "Remember I read your letters, twice, and then burn them: mine, I trust, earnestly conjure, you will never show: but you will not."

These letters are being published now for the first time, and their publication has been made possible through the generosity of the members of the Senior Class, 1923, Baylor University, who have departed from the usual local memorial in order to give to their Alma Mater something of lasting value -- something which may be enjoyed throughout the literary world.

Baylor University has already become a recognized Mecca for Browningiana, having what is believed to be the largest collection of Browning's works and books and articles relating to them, that has yet been gathered together. Among these books is a large group of five hundred rare and treasured volumes from the library of the well-known Browning scholar, Miss Marie Ada Molineux, which she presented to the University in June, 1922.

In addition to the large collection of books, Baylor University received from the class of 1919, the splendid picture of Robert Browning painted by his artist son, Robert Barrett Browning, who told the writer that he considered it the best likeness of his father in existence.

Another rare treasure owned by the University is the Clasped Hands by Harriet Hosmer, given to the University through the generosity of Miss Lilian Whiting of Boston, who received the priceless treasure from Kate Field . . .

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