The Ring and the Book (Unabridged)

Author: Robert Browning

Publisher: e-artnow

ISBN: 807484322X

Category: Drama

Page: 954

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This carefully crafted ebook: "The Ring and the Book (Unabridged)" is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. The Ring and the Book is a long dramatic narrative poem, and, more specifically, a verse novel, of 21,000 lines, written by Robert Browning. It was published in four volumes from 1868 to 1869 by Smith, Elder & Co. The book tells the story of a murder trial in Rome in 1698, whereby an impoverished nobleman, Count Guido Franceschini, is found guilty of the murders of his young wife Pompilia Comparini and her parents, having suspected his wife was having an affair with a young cleric, Giuseppe Caponsacchi. Having been found guilty despite his protests and sentenced to death, Franceschini then appeals—unsuccessfully—to Pope Innocent XII to overturn the conviction. The poem comprises twelve books, nine of which are dramatic monologues spoken by a different narrator involved in the case (Count Guido speaks twice), usually giving a different account of the same events, and two books (the first and the last) spoken by the author. Robert Browning (7 May 1812 – 12 December 1889) was an English poet and playwright whose mastery of dramatic verse, especially dramatic monologues, made him one of the foremost Victorian poets.

Robert Browning's Romantic Irony in The Ring and the Book

Author: Patricia Diane Rigg

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838637739

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 153

View: 4875

"In the framing monologues, the Poet seems to blur the distinction between representing (embodying or symbolizing) and re-presenting (offering anew) the truth-telling process that shapes the narrative of the poem. Rigg's premise is twofold: first, Browning tells "a truth obliquely," deliberately using language to subvert truth and to reveal it simultaneously; second, truth is linked not to a fixed text but to authorial and reader production of that text. In the language of Romantic irony, The Ring and the Book is "organized chaos," revealing history in terms of "becoming" rather than "being" and revealing historical truth as process rather than as product."--BOOK JACKET.

The Poetical Works of Robert Browning: Volume VII. The Ring and the Book

Author: Robert Browning

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780198123569

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 398

View: 8051

Henry James described Browning's extended dramatic poem The Ring and the Book, over 20,000 lines in length, as `a great living thing', `a proportioned monstrous magnificence'. The story was developed from some old legal documents discovered by Browning concerning an actual murder which took place in Rome in 1698, and its writing was his major preoccupation in the 1860s, the early years of his widowerhood in London. This volume gives us the first third of the poems, Books I to IV. The Introduction draws on unpublished letters, journals, and working papers not examined by previous editors, to illuminate how the poem was conceived and researched, the range of people the poet consulted, and the five-year period of composition. The poem's complex publishing history is disentangled in the Text part of the Introduction, including a discussion of the corrections and revisions Browning made on sheets from volumes I, III, and IV of the second edition, which he later forgot and which never appeared in print. Appendix E gives these important variants in full. The annotation presents new contextual matter, including unpublished letters relating to `Lyric Love', Browning's famous invocation to his dead wife. The appendices give the original Italian text of Browning's second source, `Morte dell'Uxoricida Guido Franceschini Decapitato'; two previously unpublished autograph chronologies in which the poet worked out historical details of his story; and a new account of the biographical significance of the `Ring' image. The editors have made six substantive emendations to the text, ranging from inaccuracies in the original typesetting to changes made by Browning after publication. The evolution of the text from manuscript to copy text is also discussed, and an appendix is devoted to a set of corrected proofs preserved at Yale, a textual evolutionary dead end of great interest and significance.


a feminist reading of Robert Browning's The ring and the book

Author: Ann P. Brady

Publisher: Ohio Univ Pr


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 143

View: 8624

The Old Yellow Book

Source of Browning's the Ring and the Book

Author: John Marshall Gest,Guido Franceschini

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781258649210


Page: 714

View: 2661

A New Translation With Explanatory Notes And Critical Chapters Upon The Poem And Its Source.

The Ring and the Book, in Four Volumes. Vol. III

Author: Robert Browning

Publisher: Trieste Publishing

ISBN: 9780649145638

Category: History

Page: 262

View: 7581

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