Collections and Critiques
First Published Work and Other Pieces Go on View Tomorrow
A fine collection of first editions, manuscripts, and corrected proof sheets of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning will go on exhibition tomorrow morning in the Memorial Room of Widener Library.
Browning's poem, "Pauline", his first published work, is the most valuable book on exhibition. This particular copy was given by Browning to Sarah Horn Adams, the author of "Nearer My God To Thee" and who was also the Pauline of the poem. A collection of "Bells and Pomegranates" in the eight original parts which was presented to his uncle, Ruben Browning, makes a valuable addition to the collection. There are also corrected proof sheets of this work, showing corrections made by Browning himself.
One of the most interesting of the works to be seen in the exhibition is an essay on Shelley which Browning first wrote as an introduction. These letters were later proved to be fabricated, and the volume was suppressed. Browning, however, then published the introduction separately as an essay on Shelley.
Four volumes of printed letters, with the originals inserted, corrected proof sheets of "Ferishtah's Fancies," with a long letter to the printer, a manuscript of "Helen's Tower," and the last part of a facsimile of "One Word More," Browning's epilogue to his "Men and Women," make up the rest of the poet's works on exhibition.
The works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning on exhibition, while not so numerous as those of her husband, are equally valuable. Two of Mrs. Browning's works to be seen in the Memorial Room, "The Battle of Marathon," and "Essay on Mind," were written when she was still in her teens. One of her poems, "The Runaway Slave," is the rarest work in the exhibition, and a collection of her sonnets, privately printed in 1847, with a facsimile of a manuscript of one of the sonnets, is probably the most valuable. Two presentation copies of her works, one, "Casa Guidi Windows," and the other, "The Seraphim and Other Poems," with her own corrections on two pages, complete the set of Mrs. Browning's works on exhibition.