This collection consists of over 500 manuscripts by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861), including drafts and fair copies of poems, corrections and revisions to page proofs and published texts, and translations. The original manuscripts are housed at the Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor University and the Margaret Clapp Library Special Collections at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, christened Elizabeth Barrett Moulton-Barrett, was born on March 6, 1806, into a wealthy family whose fortune came from Jamaican sugar plantations. Her childhood was spent very happily at Hope End, the family’s stately home in Herefordshire, England. The eldest of twelve children, Elizabeth was something of a child prodigy; she was highly intelligent, dedicated, and determined to become a poet. more...
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