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RQ-50794-14

Philip Kelley
Unknown institution

The Brownings' Correspondence: Volumes 25-27

Completion of editorial work on volumes 25-27 of the letters of prominent English writers Robert Browning (1812-1889) and Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861). (36 months)

The letters of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, scattered in 379 public and private collections, represent one of the largest and most comprehensive bodies of literary and social commentary on the nineteenth century. The aim of The Brownings' Correspondence, projected to be 40 volumes, is to publish the complete text of all the poets' letters with full annotations, thus making them accessible to a modern audience. This application requests three-year funding to edit volumes 25-27, September 1858-September 1860. During this time correspondents discuss a broad range of political, social, and cultural topics and personalities, including American slavery, Harriet Beecher Stowe, art, literature, Ruskin, Dumas, the Rossettis, Anthony Trollope, religion, the Pope, and women's rights. The primary focus, however, is Italian unification and the principals involved, e.g., Napoleon III and Cavour. EBB's poetry, especially her Poems Before Congress (1860), supports the cause.

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Project fields:
British Literature

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$306,000 (approved)
$306,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 12/31/2017