English Poet, influenced by Byron, Keats & Shelley.
1812 Born in Rainbow Cottage, Cottage Green, off Wells Way, Camberwell c1820 Went to Peckham School 1824 Moved to Hanover Cottage, Southampton Way. Plaque above the shop at 179. 1828 Student at new London University 1829 Quit London University 1833? Published first book of poetry, Parcelus. 1840 Second volume of poetry, Sordello, published. Considered obscure. 1842 Dramatic Lyrics published. 1846 Wrote to Elizabeth Barratt praising her poetry 1845 Wrote Home Thought From Abroad 1846 Eloped with Elizabeth Barratt to live in Italy. 1847 Lived at Casa Guidi near Florence.
1848 Son born, Robert Wiedeman Barrett Browning, later nicknamed Pen.
1855 Men & Women published 1861 Elizabeth Barratt died. 1862 Robert Browning moved back to London to live at Warwick Crescent.
Collected Poetry published. 1864 Dramatic Personae published. 1868 The Ring & The Book published. 1880 Porttrait 1881 Browning Society formed. 1888 Pied Piper of Hamelin poem 1889 Died in Venice. Buried in Poet’s Corner, Westminster Abbey.
Robert Browning - GK Chesterton (1903)
Robert Browning: A Life after Death - P Neville-Singeton (Weidenfeld & Nicholson 2004)