Aurora Leigh

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) completed this controversial nine-book novel in blank verse form in 1856. It was epic in scope, reflecting a range of contemporary social issues, such as the limited education available to women at the time. The first-person narrator becomes a poet, but her artistic vocation seems incompatible with a woman’s conventional, traditional domestic roles as wife and mother. Aurora initially rejects a marriage proposal from her cousin Romney, but ultimately they resolve their differences and marry. A subplot concerns the poverty-stricken seamstress Marian Erle, a victim of terrible abuse. 

Creator:
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Published:
1857
Forms:
Poem
Genre:
Victorian literature
Literary period:
Victorian

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