Unlike other ebook editions, which are merely copies of existing print editions, this edition has been completely reformatted for optimal reading on an electronic reader.
Aurora Leigh, described by Elizabeth Barrett Browning as ‘a novel in verse,’ was published in 1857. It tells the story of a woman writer’s life. In it Browning considers the poet’s duties and the role of women in society.
The text of this e-book is based on the following editions of the poem
• Aurora Leigh, and Other Poems edited by J. Miller
• Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Complete Poems edited by Charlotte Porter and Helen A. Clark
The footnotes are primarily based on those of Porter and Clark.
This edition contains Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s ‘Paraphrases on Apuleius’ which are helpful in understanding Aurora Leigh. Also included is her poem ‘The Cry of the Children’ together with her husband’s ‘An Epistle Containing the Strange Medical Experience of Karshish the Arab Physician.’
We have attempted to limit each page to ten lines (however this is dictated by the length of the notes). Where possible notes are provided on the same page as the verse they refer to. This is to facilitate ease of reference, and is unique to this edition. Notes are indicated by a bracketed letter: eg [a]. The footnotes include omitted or additional text, together with material useful to the general reader. Occasionally we refer to the Oxford English Dictionary for a definition: these extracts are flagged as ‘OED’. We have attempted to hyperlink all non-fiction secondary material to its original source via archive.org.
References to other lines in Aurora Leigh are by book and line number separated by a period: eg ‘iv.207’ refers to Book IV line 207. These references are hyperlinked.
Unlike most other texts, when providing excerpts from secondary material (including Shakespeare’s plays) we always indicate the character speaking the excerpted lines, together with information to help the reader establish context (for example we indicate where the character may be reading; or, if the quotation occurs in an answer to a question we include the question being asked). All intratextual references are hyperlinked.