Ruth Bernard Yeazell, 5 July 1984
Show More The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning to Mary Russell Mitford: 1836-1854 edited by Meredith Raymond and Mary Rose Sullivan.
Baylor University, Browning Institute, Wedgestone Press and Wellesley College, 431 pp., March 1983, 0 911459 01 4Show More
Love and the Woman Question in Victorian Literature: The Art of Self-Postponement by Kathleen Blake.
Harvester, 254 pp., £25, November 1983, 0 7108 0560 8Show More
“... Shut off from more immediate contact with others, the ailing Elizabeth Barrett Barrett was a prodigious correspondent – as these three heavy volumes amply testify. Like one of Richardson’s immured heroines, she boasts of her skill at writing ‘in a horizontal posture’. ‘I can write as well or as badly when I lie down, as at a desk,’ she announced soon after she began corresponding with Mary Russell Mitford, and more than once she urged the older writer to lessen the strain of fatigue or illness by adopting the practice ...”