Robert Browning: Poems

Cultural references

In 1914 American modernist composer Charles Ives created the Robert Browning Overture, a dense and darkly dramatic piece with gloomy overtones reminiscent of the Second Viennese School.

In 1930 the story of Browning and his wife was made into the play The Barretts of Wimpole Street, by Rudolph Besier. It was a success and brought popular fame to the couple in the United States. The role of Elizabeth became a signature role for the actress Katharine Cornell. It was twice adapted into film. It was also the basis of the stage musical Robert and Elizabeth, with music by Ron Grainer and book and lyrics by Ronald Millar.

In The Browning Version (Terence Rattigan's 1948 play or one of several film adaptations), a pupil makes a parting present to his teacher of an inscribed copy of Browning's translation of the Agamemnon.

Stephen King's The Dark Tower was chiefly inspired by Browning's Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came, whose full text was included in the final volume's appendix.

Gabrielle Kimm's novel His Last Duchess is inspired by My Last Duchess.

A memorial plaque on the site of Browning's London home, Warwick Crescent, was unveiled on 11 December 1993.[29]

Browning Close in Royston, Hertfordshire, is named after Robert Browning.

Browning Street in Berkeley, California, is located in an area known as Poets' Corner and is also named after him.

Browning Street in Yokine, Western Australia, is named after him, in an area known as Poets' Corner.

Browning Street and Robert Browning School in Walworth, London, near to his birthplace in Camberwell, are named after him.

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