'Dear Miss Barrett...': Famous Love Letters Now Online

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Beginning this Valentine’s Day, the public has a chance to see some of the most famous love letters ever written.

They’re the hand-written notes sent back and forth between the prominent Victorian poets Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett, who later became Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

For more than a year-and-a-half in the mid-1800s, the pair wrote to each other almost daily. Wellesley College owns the entire collection of those letters — 573 in total — and they are now available online for free, thanks to a joint digitization project with Baylor University in Texas.

Wellesley’s curator of special collections, Ruth Rogers, spoke with WBUR's All Things Considered host Sacha Pfeiffer about those letters, which track an old-fashioned romance that blossomed into marriage.


This program aired on February 14, 2012.


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