Skip to main content

Letter from Robert Browning to a friend [about Edward Fitzgerald's criticism of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, which led to a bitter attack on Fitzgerald by Browning], 20 July 1889

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8812/59

Scope and Contents

He opened a book at random and received 'this direst blow'; if Fitzgerald was an admirable person, 'this seems to aggravate rather than lighten the outrage'; though Fitzgerald disliked Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poetry, he need not have expressed 'relief at her death'; he will 'try and forget the sad business' and end his desire to know Fitzgerald; returns Lady Tennyson's sympathetic letter - a pity that Fitzgerald's words were not confined to his appreciative circle of friends; 'I hope never to need to revert to one of the most odious incidents of my life'


  • Creation: 20 July 1889


Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received in the Manuscripts Department in 1982

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

Cambridge University Library
West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DR United Kingdom