Browning began writing poetry at age 13.These poems were eventually collected, but were later destroyed by Browning himself.In 1833, Browning's "Pauline" was published and received a cool reception.Harold Bloom believes that John Stuart Mill's review of the poem pointed Browning in the direction of the dramatic monologue.
In 1845, Browning wrote a letter to the poet Elizabeth Barrett, professing that he loved her poetry and her. In 1846, the couple eloped to Europe, eventually settling in Florence in 1847.They had a son Pen.
Upon Elizabeth Barret Browning's death in 1861, Browning returned to London with his son.While in London, he published Dramatis Personae (1864) and The Ring and the Book (1869), both of which gained him critical priase and respect.His last book Asolando was published in 1889 when the poet was 77.
In 1889, Browning traveled to Italy to visit friends.He died in Venice on December 12 while visiting his sister.
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