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The sixteen selected sonnets, indicated by the Roman Numerals which Elizabeth Barrett herself used, are here spread over the four pages whose links are set out immediately left.

The accompanying commentary draws on information provided in:

Sonnets from the Portuguese, Illuminated by the Brownings’ Love Letters
edited by William S. Peterson & Julia Markus, The Ecco Press, New York 1996

The original Love Letters, in the Margaret Clapp Library, Wellesley College.

Mrs Browning, The Story of Elizabeth Barrett, Rosalie Mander, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London 1980
(Rosalie Mander lived at Wightwick Manor, in Staffordshire)

Illustrations on pp. 5-7 are by Fred. A. Mayer, in Sonnets from the Portuguese, Avenel Books, New York.