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Julia Markus graduated from Boston University and received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. Robert Browning was the subject of her doctoral thesis, and she has written extensively on both Brownings. She served for eight years on the Board of Directors of the Browning Institute. Ms. Markus is the Director of Creative Writing at Hofstra University. She is the author of four novels: Uncle, which won the Houghton Mifflin Literary Award, American Rose. Friends Along the Way, and A Change of' Luck. Her articles and reviews have appeared in Smithsonian and The New York Times. She lives in Connecticut and New York City and is at work on a novel.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Browning, Robert, 1812-1889 Marriage, Browning, Elizabeth Barrett, 1806-1861 Marriage, Poets, English 19th century Biography, Authors' spouses Great Britain Biography, Married people Great Britain Biography