Robert Browning

1812 (London) – 1889 (Venice)

Eliot met him while she was editing the Westminster Review — both members of the literary circle gathered around its publisher. Wordsworth wrote an encouraging review of Browning’s work, leading to a significant friendship (as also with Carlyle). Tennyson and Browning didn’t immediately hit it off, but became firm lifelong friends. Dickens, Martineau, Rossetti and Procter were also among his circle of friends, Etty and Ruskin among his correspondents. Browning had written rapturously to the invalid Elizabeth Barrett, having read her poetry: thwarting her over-protective father, they married in secret and settled in Italy.