Tuesday, December 18, 2012

News at Eleven: This year marked the bicentenary of the birth

of the Victorian poet Robert Browning in 1812, although this news might come as something of a surprise. The bicentenary of Browning's contemporary Charles Dickens was celebrated with so many exhibitions, festivals, and other events that an official Dickens 2012 group was set up to co-ordinate and keep track of them all. The writings of Alfred Tennyson, Browning's (consistently more popular) rival, also cropped up in some high-profile places throughout the year. But although academic specialists and other Browning enthusiasts organised conferences and special publications in 2012, media commentators and cultural institutions remained almost wholly silent about the Browning anniversary.

from Oxford University Press: Robert Browning in 2012


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