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Literary Couples

April 2, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

A Dialogues Distinguished Scholar seminar featuring Beverly Taylor

Writers are often thought of as lonely souls who sacrifice their personal lives to dedicate themselves to their art, but many find love and companionship—and sometimes with other writers! Join distinguished scholar Beverly Taylor as she explores two marriages between giants of 19th century English literature: the Shelleys (Mary and Percy Bysshe) and the Brownings (Elizabeth Barrett and Robert). Participants will learn about their personal histories, their relationships, and how their marriages influenced their art.


  • Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning


Beverly Taylor is Professor of English and Comparative Literature, specializing in Victorian literature and culture, especially poetry and women novelists. She has published on Byron, Shelley, Tennyson, Robert Browning, Elizabeth Siddal, Arnold, Carlyle, and Charlotte Bronte. She currently concentrates on Elizabeth Barrett Browning, the subject of her book manuscript now under review.



9:00 am-12:00 pm, Saturday, April 2.  This seminar will be held in person only, and tuition is $65 to attend.  A meal will not be offered with this seminar.

UNC Students can attend for free, but pre-registration is required. Discounts are available for UNC faculty, & staff. To register as a UNC Student, Staff, or Faculty, see our Registration Policy here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.  For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

In-person tuition for teachers is $32.50. *Registration for this event closes on April 1 at 3pm*

Register here or call us at 919.962.1544. 

Registrants will receive an email with background materials and a map to the seminar location about 2 weeks before the program date.

**Please note that due to UNC regulations, masks will be required for all in-person events regardless of vaccination status. In-person and hybrid events may switch to virtual-only based upon recommendations from local, state, and national public health officials. If an in-person or hybrid event is designated “virtual-only,” the CPH staff will contact registrants and provide them with information on how to attend virtually or with options for receiving credits or refunds. If you have any questions, please email or call 919.962.1544. We appreciate your flexibility during these trying times.**


April 2, 2022
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Event Category:


Chapel Hill Campus
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