An average person interested In literature naturally reads any book of Browning*s complete works with perhaps little intention of reading his dramas, mainly because Browning is not generally known as a dramatist. His fame grew from his poetic genius. This paper will present to one interested in Browning as a dramatist the entire list of his plays, arranged chronologically, showing their Individual theatrical and literary values, their influences and sources, and lastly, an estimate of the author's position as a playwright.
From a dramatic viewpoint a critical discussion of Browning and his plays is necessarily a broad one, and because of this we shall only consider the plays from a standpoint of their theatrical and literary merit or demerit. The problem of the actability of each play is answered as well as possible and the question of their literary importance is also considered. In presenting a critical analysis of the Individual plays the mechanics of stage production have been constantly kept uppermost in mind, and therefore the dramas discussed are only those that might conceivably be acted. Because of these considerations much in the following chapters may often appear harsh and severe, but this severity is not meant to disparage the great poet. Browning’s poetry, lofty thought, and keen dramatic appreciation stand securely as an answer to any odious or malicious attack on the author himself.