Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Romantic Love Letters Between Elizabeth Barrett & Robert Browning

Romantic love letters between between Elizabeth Barrett & Robert Browning goes digital... Just in time for Valentine's Day! In an Associated Press article entitled, Love letters of Barrett, Browning go online, written by Denise Lavoie, Lavoie writes:
WELLESLEY, Mass. (AP) — "I love your verses with all my heart, dear Miss Barrett..."
So begins the first love letter to 19th century poet Elizabeth Barrett from her future husband, fellow poet Robert Browning.
Their 573 love letters, which capture their courtship, their blossoming love and their forbidden marriage, have long fascinated scholars and poetry fans. Though transcriptions of their correspondence have been published in the past, the hand-written letters could only be seen at Wellesley College, where the collection has been kept since 1930
But beginning on Tuesday, Valentine's Day, their famous love letters will become available online where readers can see them — just as they were written — with creased paper, fading ink, quill pen cross outs, and even the envelopes the two poets used.
The digitization project is a collaboration between Wellesley and Baylor University in Waco, Texas, which houses the world's largest collection of books, letters and other items related to the Brownings.

It should be interesting to read some of the love letter between this famous couple. Denise Lavoie goes on to add in her online article that "The digitized letters will be made available free online through Baylor's digital collections". Click on above link to read the full article!

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