The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning - Vol. 1

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TO Mr. Chorley

[The beginning of this letter is lost] [ 1845.]

. . . to the awful consideration of the possibility of my reading a novel or caring for the story of it (proh pudor!), that I am probably, not to say certainly, the most complete and unscrupulous romance reader within your knowledge. Never was a child who cared more for 'a story' than I do; never even did I myself, as a child, care more for it than I do. My love of fiction began with my breath, and will end with it; and goes on increasing; and the heights and depths of the consumption which it has induced you may guess at perhaps, but it is a sublime idea from its vastness, and will gain on you but slowly. On my tombstone may be written 'Ci gît the greatest novel reader in the world,' and nobody will forbid the inscription; and I approve of Gray's notion of paradise more than of his lyrics, when he suggests the reading of romances ever new, εις τους αιωνας. Are you shocked at me? Perhaps so. And you see I make no excuses, as an invalid might. Invalid or not, I should have a romance in a drawer, if not behind a pillow, and I might as well be true and say so. There is the love of literature, which is one thing, and the love of fiction, which is another. And then, I am not fastidious, as Mrs. Hemans was, in her high purity, and therefore the two loves have a race-course clear.

This is a long preface to coming to speak of the 'Improvisatore.'1 I had sent for it already to the library, and shall dun them for it twice as much for the sake of what you say. Only I hope I may care for the story. I shall try.

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1
By Hans Andersen; an English translation by Mary Howitt was published in 1845.

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The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning - Vol. 1
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents Of The First Volume xiii
  • Chapter I - 1806-1835 1
  • To Mrs. Boyd 7
  • To Mrs. Martin 8
  • To Mrs. Martin 16
  • To H. S. Boyd 21
  • To H. S. Boyd 23
  • To Miss Commeline 24
  • To Mrs. Martin 26
  • To H. S. Boyd 27
  • Chapter II - 1835-1841 31
  • To H. S. Boyd 37
  • To H. S. Boyd 38
  • To Mrs. Martin 41
  • To H. S. Boyd 44
  • To Mrs. Martin 45
  • To Mrs. Martin 46
  • To Miss Commeline 50
  • To H. S. Boyd 53
  • To John Kenyon2 57
  • To John Kenyon 58
  • To N. S. Boyd 60
  • To H. S. Boyd 61
  • To Miss Mitford 62
  • To H. S. Boyd 67
  • To H. S. Boyd 68
  • To H. S. Boyd 69
  • To H. S. Boyd 70
  • To H. S. Boyd 72
  • To Mrs. Martin 73
  • To H S. Boyd 75
  • To H. S. Boyd 77
  • To H. S. Boyd 79
  • To Mrs. Martin 81
  • To Mrs. Martin 85
  • To H. S. Boyd 86
  • To H. S. Boyd 88
  • Chapter III - 1841-1843 91
  • To Mr. Westwood1 93
  • To H. S. Boyd 94
  • To H. S. Boyd 95
  • To H. S. Boyd 96
  • To H. S. Boyd 98
  • To H. S. Boyd 101
  • To H. S. Boyd 101
  • To H. S. Boyd 102
  • To H. S. Boyd 103
  • To H. S. Boyd 104
  • To H. S. Boyd 105
  • To John Kenyon 108
  • To Mrs. Martin 109
  • To H. S. Boyd 110
  • To H. S. Boyd 113
  • To H. S. Boyd 115
  • To H. S. Boyd 117
  • To H. S. Boyd 118
  • To Mrs. Martin 119
  • To James Martin 121
  • To H. S. Boyd 122
  • To H. S. Boyd 124
  • To John Kenyon 125
  • To John Kenyon 127
  • To Cornelius Mathews 129
  • To John Kenyon 136
  • To H. S. Boyd 137
  • To H. S. Boyd 138
  • To H. S. Boyd 139
  • To John Kenyon 143
  • To John Kenyon 145
  • To Mrs. Martin 147
  • To Mr. Westwood 149
  • To Mrs. Martin 150
  • To Mr. Westwood 154
  • To Mr. Westwood 159
  • To Mr. Westwood 160
  • Chapter IV - 1844-1846 164
  • To H. S. Boyd 173
  • To H S. Boyd 175
  • To H. S. Boyd 175
  • To H. S. Boyd 179
  • To H. S. Boyd 183
  • To Mr. Westwood 184
  • To John Kenyon 185
  • To Mrs. Martin 189
  • To Mr. Chorley 190
  • To H. S. Boyd 191
  • To Mrs. Martin 192
  • To Mrs. Martin 193
  • To Cornelius Mathews 196
  • To H. S. Boyd 198
  • To John Kenyon 202
  • To Mrs. Martin 203
  • To John Kenyon 205
  • To John Kenyon 209
  • To Cornelius Mathews 213
  • To Mrs. Martin 215
  • To James Martin 216
  • To Mrs. Martin 219
  • To John Kenyon 221
  • To Mr. Westwood 223
  • To H. S. Boyd 224
  • To Mr. Chorley 229
  • To Mr. Chorley 234
  • To Mrs. Martin 236
  • To Mrs. Martin 237
  • To Miss Commeline 239
  • To H. S. Boyd 240
  • To Mr. Westwood 242
  • To John Kenyon 244
  • To H. S. Boyd 245
  • To John Kenyon 246
  • To John Kenyon 248
  • To H. S. Boyd 249
  • To Mrs. Martin 250
  • To Mr. Westwood 251
  • To Mr. Westwood 253
  • To Mr. Chorley 254
  • To Mr. Chorley 255
  • To Miss Thomson1 257
  • To Miss Thomson 260
  • To Mrs Jameson 271
  • To Mrs. Martin 273
  • To Mrs. Martin 276
  • To H. S. Boyd 277
  • Chapter V - 1846-1849 280
  • To Mrs. Martin 297
  • To Miss Mitford 299
  • To Mrs. Jameson 304
  • To Miss Mitford 308
  • To H. S. Boyd 310
  • To Miss Mitford 314
  • To Miss Browning 317
  • To Mr. Westwood 323
  • To Mrs. Jameson 325
  • To H. S. Boyd 328
  • To Mrs. Martin 335
  • To Mr. Westwood 339
  • To Miss Mitford 345
  • To Mrs. Jameson 354
  • To Miss Mitford 356
  • To John Kenyon 358
  • To Miss Browning 369
  • To Miss Mitford 371
  • To Mrs. Jameson 373
  • To Miss Mitford 376
  • To Miss Mitford 379
  • To Mrs. Martin 384
  • To Miss Mitford 387
  • Chapter VI - 1849-1851 395
  • To Miss Mitford 399
  • To Mrs. Martin 404
  • To Mrs. Jameson 410
  • To Miss Mitford 414
  • To Mrs. Jameson 417
  • To Miss Mitford 421
  • To Miss Mitford 423
  • To Miss Mitford 427
  • To Miss Browning 430
  • To Miss Mitford 432
  • To Mrs. Jameson 437
  • To Miss I. Blagden 453
  • To Miss Mitford 456
  • To Miss Mitford 458
  • To Miss I. Blagden 467
  • To Miss Mitford 468
  • To Mrs. Martin 470
  • To Miss Browning 475
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