The Brownings in Our World

This exhibition explores the lives and works of Robert Browning (1812-1889) and Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) through three dominant themes: Injustice, Nature, and Faith. Though the Brownings commented on these issues a while ago, they did so in forward-thinking ways that remain relevant to the twenty-first century. We hope that our exhibit pages will engage you in a dialogue about these issues, and help you realize that the advice of poets past may still be valid today.

This exhibition was curated by students in a senior seminar on the Brownings (ENG 4364), taught by Dr. Joshua King, department of English ( in Fall 2020, with exhibition assistance by Laura French, Curator of the Armstrong Browning Library (, and Erik Swanson, Exhibits Curator and Coordinator, Central Libraries (