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OBJECTIVE AND SUBJECTIVE;

ON THE LATTER'S AIM;

ON

SHELLEY AS MAN AND POET.

BY

ROBERT BROWNING.

REESE L

UNIVERSI
CALIFORNIA

(BEING A REPRINT OF THE INTRODUCTORY ESSAY TO

[25 SPURIOUS] "LETTERS OF PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY."

MOXON. 1852.)

SECOND EDITION.

PUBLISHT FOR

The Browning Society

BY N. TRÜBNER & CO., 57 & 59, LUDGATE HILL.
LONDON, 1881.

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Committee. CALIFORNIA

PREESNTED TO THE FIRST ANNUAL MEETING OF THE SOCIETY,
HELD AT UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, LONDON, ON FRIDAY,

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§ 1. THE Members of the Browning Society may look with. gratification on the results of their first year's work.

The Prospectus of the Society issued by its Founders in July, 1881, said:

"This Society is founded to gather together some, at least, of the
many admirers of ROBERT BROWNING, for the study and discussion
of his works, and the publication of Papers on them, and extracts
from works ustrating them. The Society will also encourage the
formation of Browning Reading-Clubs, the acting of Browning's
dramas by amateur companies, the writing of a Browning Primer,
the compilation of a Browning Concordance or Lexicon, and gener-
ally the extension of the study and influence of the poet."

All these objects have been in fair degree attaind. The Society has gatherd together some of the Poet's admirers, some of those best known in the land, and among them some of his oldest and truest friends.

It has led them afresh to study and discuss his works.

It has publisht Papers on those works, extracts illustrating th em, and-mainly by Mr. Furnivall's kindness-a Bibliography them, and it has in the press its First Part of its Photographlustrations of the Poems.

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It has encouraged, nay, caused, the formation of Browning Societies and Browning Reading-Clubs at Oxford, Cambridge, Girton, Newnham, Bradford, Cheltenham, and Philadelphia.

It has procured the acting of Colombe's Birthday, and the promise of another play's performance in the provinces next autumn; and it has given one of its own Extra Meetings to a successful set of Readings, Recitations, and Browning Songs.

It has secured the writing of a Browning Primer (by Mrs. Sutherland Orr), and the publication of it, when ready, by Messrs. George Bell and Sons, who have also undertaken, through the Society's means, the publishing of Mr. F. May

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