Online Exhibit Examines the Poetics of Elizabeth Barrett Browning

February 3, 2023
Fiona Sampson

British poet and writer Fiona Sampson curated an online exhibit, "Writing and Responsibility: Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Poetics" which grew out of her digital fellowship with the Armstrong Browning Library & Museum. In 2021, Sampson published a new biography on Elizabeth, Two-Way Mirror: The Life of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (W.W. Norton), which was a finalist for the PEN Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography and for the Plutarch Prize, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a Washington Post Book of the Year, and a London Times paperback of the year.

Her exhibit weaves together the poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and her political and social engagements throughout her life using letters and other materials from the Armstrong Browning Library's collection. The result is a carefully curated picture of the literary power of this Victorian writer whose voice powerfully challenged the machinations of her former homeland, England, as well as her chosen country, Italy.

The exhibit is available online at and is free to all visitors. If you have questions or would like more information about the exhibit, contact the Armstrong Browning Library & Museum at (254) 710-4968 or