Robert Browning

Robert Browning - G.K. Chesterton [These notes were made in 1983; they suggest I may have read it in a 1903 edition:]. Read for exams. Lively and idiosyncratic as Chesterton is, I nevertheless did not distrust the portrait he was giving me of Browning for the (no doubt dangerous) reason that I thought I recognized the kind of man he was talking about. Chesterton's prose flows freely and authoritatively (no footnotes for him!) and, although we learn a very great deal of what Chesterton thinks about various subjects, he does not entirely obscure Browning, who is treated with considerable sympathy. I would like to corroborate the details by reading a modern scholarly biography, but this too was worth reading.