Robert Browning biography :
Noted English poet and playwright Robert Browning
was born on 07 May 1812 in Camberwell, Surrey to Robert Browning
Senior, an intellectual and financially well-to-do clerk of the Bank
of England; and Sarah Anna Wiedemann, an equally intelligent lady of
German-Scottish descent. Robert Browning had a younger and similarly
gifted sister, who became his companion in his old age. Despite their
relative wealth, they lived simply and their interest in literature
and the arts were strongly encouraged. Young Robert Browning had, in
his youth, access to a library of about 6,000 books.
At age 12, Robert Browning had written a book of poetry, which he
subsequently destroyed when this was not published. A rapid learner,
he was fluent in several foreign languages at the age of 14. He
studied at London University at 16 but eventually dropped out. His
parents supported his decision to withdraw and continued to support
“Pauline: A Fragment of A Confession”, one of his many pieces was
published anonymously in 1833. Between 1835 and 1836, several of
Browning’s poems saw print in the Monthly Repository, and from 1837 to
1846, Browning tried his hand at writing verse drama.
In 1846, Browning eloped and married fellow poet, Elizabeth Barrett
and they subsequently lived in Florence, Italy. While living in Italy,
Browning produced very little poetry. He started writing again after
his wife passed away in 1861. He, together with his son, moved back to
London where he composed “The Ring and the Book” (1869), a 10-verse
narrative about a murder trial in Rome which has been hailed as his
most ambitious and his best work.
Robert Browning passed away on 12 December 1889 at Ca’Rezzonico, the
home of his only child, in Venice, Italy. He is buried at the Poets’
Corner in Westminster Abbey, England.