The Complete Works of Robert Browning, V. 15

The Complete Works of Robert Browning, V. 15


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In the 1880s, the aging Browning showed once again the remarkable versatility of his lyric and narrative talents. Ranging across eras and cultures, the books here reveal his late thoughts about history, myth, legend, faith, love, and desire. He had never been more popular, and the founding of the BrowningSociety in 1881 expanded both his audience and his sense of his place in English letters.The first title in Volume XV is Dramatic Idylls, Second Series (1880). Taking his subjects from classical history, colonial India, Arabian legend, medieval sorcery, Jewish folk tales, and Greek myth, Browning startles the reader with the rapidity of his thought and the inventiveness of his art. In Jocoseria (1883) Browning’s subjects range across time and space from Hebraic legend to the England of the Romantics. Such variety helped attract new readers: Jocoseria was immediately successful, and a second edition was printed in the same year as the first.Although Browning’s next volume, Ferishtah’s Fancies (1884), was so popular that three editions were printed in less than two years, this artful string of anecdotes and lyrics has attracted little favorable criticism. The materials— Persian legends and Arabic backgrounds—chimed with the wildly popularOrientalism of FitzGerald’s Rubáiyát, Whistler’s Peacock Room, and Alma-Tadema’s paintings. But the thought was pure Browning in his most optimistic vein, and not at all in tune with the growing pessimism of the day.As always in this series of critical editions, a complete record of textual variants is provided, as well as extensive explanatory notes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821417270
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 03/01/2007
Series: Complete Works Robert Browning Series
Edition description: ANN
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Allan Dooley is general editor of The Complete Works of Robert Browning and is professor emeritus at Kent State University.David Ewbank is professor emeritus at Kent State University.The late Paul D. L. Turner was fellow emeritus of Linacre College, Oxford.The late Jack W. Herring was the director of the Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor University.

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Tables     xxi
Acknowledgments     xxvi
Dramatic Idyls, Second Series     3
"You are sick"     7
Echetlos     9
Clive     11
Muleykeh     22
Pietro of Abano     27
Doctor     46
Pan and Luna     58
"Touch him ne'er so lightly"     63
Jocoseria     65
"Wanting is-what?"     69
Donald     71
Solomon and Balkis     80
Cristina and Monaldeschi     83
Mary Wollstonecraft and Fuseli     88
Adam, Lilith, and Eve     89
Ixion     90
Jochanan Hakkadosh     94
Never the Time and the Place     132
Pambo     133
Ferishtah's Fancies     135
Prologue     139
The Eagle     141
The Melon-Seller     143
Shah Abbas     145
The Family     151
The Sun     155
Mihrab Shah     162
A Camel-Driver     170
Two Camels     176
Cherries     182
Plot-Culture     187
A Pillar at Sebzevar     190
A Bean-Stripe: also, Apple-Eating     196
Epilogue     214
Editorial Notes
Dramatic Idyls, Second Series     217
Jocoseria     248
Ferishtah's Fancies     283

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