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The Complete Works of Robert Browning, Volume X : With Variant Readings and Annotations, Hardback Book

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:
  • Category: Poetry
  • ISBN: 9780821413005



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