Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Barrett-Browning letters go online

The first love letter sent by poet Robert Browning to Elizabeth Barrett in January 1845 (AP)

The love letters of 19th century poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning are going online.

Wellesley College and Baylor University in Texas have teamed up to digitise the 573 letters exchanged between the couple in 1845 and 1846.

The letters capture their courtship and all the way through their forbidden marriage.

The first letter, sent by Browning in January 1845 begins: "I love your verses with all my heart, dear Miss Barrett."

Although transcriptions of their correspondence have been published in the past, the hand-written letters could only be seen at Wellesley College where the collection has been kept since 1930.

But from Valentine's Day, the famous love letters will become available online, where readers can see the creased paper, fading ink, quill pen crossings-out and even the envelopes the two poets used.

The letters can be seen at www.wellesley.edu/browning.

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