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Videos

"My Last Duchess" Amateur Video

In this amateur video, two men enact the dramatic relationship between the Duke of Ferrara and the servant who listens to his monologue. "My Last Duchess" is an especially good poem to see acted out, because as a dramatic monologue it’s much like a short excerpt from a play.

"My Last Duchess" Reading

A solid reading of the poem complements a portrait reminiscent of Browning’s Duchess.

Audios

Richard Howard’s Reading of "My Last Duchess"
An audio reading of Browning’s poem by contemporary poet Richard Howard.

Images

Robert Browning
Image of the young Robert Browning.

Websites

"My Last Duchess" at Representative Poetry Online

This site, run by the University of Toronto Library, includes full text of the poem, footnotes, and commentary by Ian Lancashire. A great place to begin your research.

Robert Browning on The Victorian Web

Articles, background, and analysis on Browning from a variety of eminent scholars.

Biography of Robert Browning

A short, scholarly, citable description of Browning’s background, marriage, and career.

Historical Documents

Robert Browning’s Obituary
This obituary notice from the New York Times appeared on December 13, 1889.

Books

The Poetic and Dramatic Works of Robert Browning

This edition is a free e-book available on Google Books. Note: this is not a complete edition of all Browning’s poetry – there’s way more out there!

Selected Poems of Robert Browning

This Penguin edition of Browning’s poetry includes all the most important poems and has good, authoritative footnotes – but only a small sample is available in the free online preview.

Robert Browning’s Poetry

This Norton Critical edition of Browning’s poetry also includes several interesting critical essays. No online preview available.

Movies & TV

The Barretts of Wimpole Street
This Oscar-nominated classic film from 1934 dramatizes the real-life love story of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning.
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