The Complete Works of Robert Browning, Volume X : With Variant Readings and Annotations Hardback
Part of the Complete Works Robert Browning series
The Complete Works of Robert Browning, Volume X contains critical editions of Balaustion's Adventure: Including a Transcript from Euripides and Prince Hohenstiel-Schwangau, Saviour of Society.
Both published in 1871, these two long poems take up a pair of subjects that held enduring fascination for Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning: classical Greek literature and the career of Napoleon III, Emperor of France.
Balaustion's Adventure, which the poet characterized as merely a \u201cMay-month amusement,\u201d was surprisingly successful with the reading public that paid more attention to Browning after the triumph of The Ring and the Book in 1868-69.
His first poem since the publication of that masterpiece, Balaustion's Adventure creates a charming and brave narrator who recalls in vivid detail a performance of Euripides' play Alcestis. Browning began a poem on Louis Napoleon in 1860, but not until after the fall of the Second Empire in 1870 did he attempt a full-scale portrait of the French emperor.
As an exercise in self-justification, Prince Hohenstiel-Schwangau falls into a familiar sub-genre of Browning's dramatic monologues.
The most intriguing aspect of the poem lies in its biographical importance: the character and career of Napoleon III was a topic of sustained, sharp disagreement between Robert and Elizabeth Browning. As always in this acclaimed series, a complete record of textual variants is provided, as well as extensive explanatory notes.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 289 pages
- Publisher: Ohio University Press
- Publication Date: 20/12/1999
- Category: Poetry
- ISBN: 9780821413005