Elizabeth Barrett Browning, the Victorian poet, suffered for the most of her life from a sickness that her doctors were unable to diagnose and that Barrett Browning scholars and others have attempted to diagnose since her death in 1861. What is certain is that by the time she was 30 years old, she had written more than 20 poems. She then spent the next 10 years suffering from headaches, stomach problems, and other symptoms that some have speculated may have been epilepsy or bipolar disorder. She died at the age of 39 after having a fit on the floor of her home.
Barrett Browning first came to public attention when her father sent her poems to be published in newspapers. When she reached adulthood she decided to become an author too and wrote several books including one about a young woman who suffers from migraine headaches. Although this book is now considered to be a major work of feminist literature, at the time it was published it was very unusual for women to write poetry or fiction. Elizabeth Barrett Browning lived in an era when women were not only expected to be housewives but also to behave like children. Her father wanted her to marry but she refused all proposals because she did not want to leave her family home. This caused her to break with him and he eventually gave up trying to talk her into marrying. She never married and died alone in London after having a series of fits.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (née Moulton-Barrett; "br aU n I NG/; 6 March 1806–29 June 1861) was a Victorian-era English poet who was well-known in both the United Kingdom and the United States during her lifetime. She is regarded as one of the leading poets of the Romantic movement.
She was born in London, the second child and only daughter of John Barrett, an attorney, and his wife Mary, a wealthy widow with two children from a previous marriage. When Elizabeth was about nine years old, her father died, leaving her and her mother with very limited means. For several years, they lived with Elizabeth's maternal grandparents in London while Mary tried to make a living by writing poems and selling them to magazines. In 1826, at the age of 16, Elizabeth married Robert Browning, a young law student five years her senior. They had three children together before divorcing in 1845. After her divorce, Elizabeth moved with her son Richard to Florence, Italy, where she could be near her friend Christina Rossetti. There, over the next few years, she wrote many of her best-known poems.
In 1861, at the age of 45, she died in Florence from breast cancer.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning is considered one of the founders of two modern literary genres: the lyrical poem and the feminist poem.
Barrett Browning's illnesses include anorexia nervosa, neurasthenia, TB, pertussis, an encephalomyelitis; non-paralytic poliomyelitis; paralytic scoliosis, or the long-term repercussions of spine damage sustained when she fell from her horse as a child; opium...
Elizabeth Barrett Browning is known for writing poetry and translating it into English. She also wrote two books on her experiences with illness. Her poems are considered some of the most beautiful in the language and have been translated into many other languages. She was born on February 21st, 1806 in London, England and died on June 26th, 1852 in Florence, Italy.
Elizabeth Barrett married Robert Browning when she was just 16 years old. She had already published three poems when they married in 1826. Within a few months of their marriage, Bob went to work as a clerk at the British Consulate in Venice and he never returned home. He died in 1845 at the age of 35. During their time apart, Elizabeth had lived with her parents and then moved out on her own while still a young woman. After Bob's death, she decided to go to live in Europe because she wanted to escape from the social scene in London and be alone with her grief.
Barrett Browning died in 1861, long before doctors were aware of HKPP. Her health deteriorated further, and despite the fact that doctors were unable to diagnose her illness, one of them administered opium, to which she became hooked for life. She was only 46 years old.
Elizabeth Barrett married Robert Browning, a poet almost twice her age. The marriage only lasted five years, but it produced three children: Kate, Michael, and William. During this time, Elizabeth wrote few poems, so as not to leave Robert alone with their young family. She did, however, write some letters to friends and family members describing her feelings about her husband's poetry and themselves as a couple. It seems she was very disappointed with herself and felt like a failure as a writer. She also had problems with depression and anxiety. In 1846, when their first child was only two years old, Elizabeth was diagnosed with tuberculosis. She spent most of her time at home sick or in bed, leaving Robert by himself. This is when he started writing about their experiences together with his wife during her illness. He called these poems "dying flowers", because they seemed to die even though Elizabeth was still alive when he wrote them.
In 1850, the family moved to Italy where Elizabeth made another attempt to get better. But she didn't feel well again, and after four years there she returned home to England.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning was born on March 6, 1806, in Durham, England, at Coxhoe Hall. Her family gained their money from Jamaican sugar plantations, and she was the oldest of 12 children. Barrett, who was educated at home, was an early reader and writer. When she was 11 years old, her father died, leaving the family with little money and many debts. That same year, Elizabeth became a permanent ward of the state due to financial difficulties. She spent the next few years living with various relatives while trying to earn enough money to pay off her father's debts.
Barrett married Robert Browning when she was just 19 years old. He was nearly 30 years older than she was. The couple had three children together - two girls and a boy - but divorced after just five years of marriage. Elizabeth then married again, this time to Gabriel Pascal. They had one son together before divorcing in 1842. At the age of 36, Barrett finally found true love with poet and musician Robert Browning. The two married in 1846 and had three more children together. When Elizabeth died in 1861, she was regarded as one of the leading poets of her time. Her most famous work is entitled "Poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning".
Browning was born into a wealthy family in Saffron Walden, England. His father was a prominent lawyer who served as mayor of Saffron Walden twice.