Elizabeth Barrett Browning

British poet, author

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, born on 6 March 1806, was an English poet of the Victorian era.[1] She began writing poetry at the age of six. She was born in Kelloe, County Durham. Her parents were Edward Barrett Moulton Barrett and Mary Graham Clarke.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Her first adult collection of poems was published in 1838 and she wrote prolifically between 1841 and 1844.[2] Elizabeth's volume Poems of Sonnets (1844) brought her great success, attracting the admiration of the writer Robert Browning, which led to their marriage. She also made efforts to abolish slavery and child labour.

She died on 29 June 1861 in Florence, Italy (where she was living with her husband) at the age of 55. She suffered from many illnesses from the age of 15.


  1. Poets, Academy of American. "About Elizabeth Barrett Browning | Academy of American Poets". poets.org. Retrieved 2020-11-22.
  2. Flood, Alison (2014-03-06). "Elizabeth Barrett Browning's five best poems". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-11-22.