A complete editing of a new major collection of the letters of the English poet-covering mostly the early and middle years. Careful and accurate editing as well as new and revealing material make this an outstanding contribution to Browning scholarship. The period covered for the most part in this collection is not well represented in the three major collections published previously, and the editors' ""hands off"" editing, in which only minor changes are made in the interests of clarity, and all conjectures are carefully indicated as such, offers a trustworthy text for students. The notes covering allusions, background material and sources, are exhaustive. The letters themselves are of value for the light they cast on the ""outside"" Browning as an eager play-goer, reader and critic, a conscientious man of business, and social lion. However, there is a moving letter to Sarianna Browning included written soon after the death of Mrs. Browning, and others which reflect the devoted love of Browning for his wife and son, his generous friendship and loyal affections.