Dear Friends of Swan's Fine Books: Please note that we will be CLOSED between February 1 and February 15th, in order to attend the two book fairs being held here in California! If your schedule allows, please visit us at Rare Books San Francisco (Feb. 3-5) or in Pasadena (Feb. 10-12). Details on both of these fairs can be found on our "Events" tab. We will resume our usual business hours on Thursday, February 16th.
On Thursday, September 17th, Professor Roberta Palumboreturns to discuss Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poet husband, Robert, and two of his most famous dramatic monologues. Before he became Elizabeth's lover and husband, Robert had already written two masterpieces, still often anthologized, about a too faithful lover (Porphyria's Lover) and a murderous husband (My Last Duchess). Both dramatic monologues of possessive love present very modern insights into human motivation. She will also answer your questions about Robert's life after Elizabeth's early death. Did he again become a lover and a husband?