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Birthday Specials: Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Post by: Snehith Kumbla

Birthday Specials: Gabriel García Márquez and Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The first notable distinction about the two names you see on the blog post title is of mortality. Browning has been resting in peace six feet under for over a century and half now, Marquez is very much alive, he turned 86 today.


Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 -1861) was an English poet whose first poem was published when she was eight years old. It seems Elizabeth suffered from an undiagnosed illness all her life and the treatment that included intake of morphine (Courtesy 19th century medical limitations), contributed to the vivid imagination in her poetry. The poet opposed slavery and also wrote two poems in its condemnation. The famous English poet Robert Browning came into her life in 1844 when he wrote to her in admiration of her collection – Poems. Courtship culminated in marriage and a happy period followed as the couple moved to Italy. The publication of another collection brought Elizabeth fame. In the end, the poet’s frail health led to her demise. Her husband brought out a final posthumous collection, thus drawing curtains on a sparkling poetry career.


The name - Gabriel García Márquez has now attained an iconic status in his country and beyond. Winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature, Marquez is a Colombian novelist, and it is his novels that had cemented his reputation. He has also been a journalist, screenwriter and a writer of short stories. Two novels in particular are significant mentions - One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985). His memoir Living to Tell the Tale (2002) brought forth the celebration of experiences that the writer's life has been. The 2004 novella Memories of My Melancholy Whores was the last Marquez work published. While we await another work from the master of magic realism, here's wishing the writer a very happy birthday.  

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Wed,Mar 6th 2013 8:06 AM