Browning Day Set for April 2

March 27, 1998

Browning Day, a celebration of the birthdays of English poets Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning and former Baylor English department chair Dr. A.J. Armstrong, will be held from 2-5 p.m., Thursday, April 2, in the Armstrong-Browning Library on the Baylor University campus.

Events will begin at 2 p.m. with a closet drama called "Shades Indifference." This performance will be conducted by Margaret Byrne Jones of San Antonio and is a recreation of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's meeting of Virginia Wolfe. From 3-3:30 p.m., refreshments will be served. The day will conclude with a Victorian Musical Soiree.

"It's the last part of the semester and it is a good way to break up the monotony of attending class," said Kathryn Merritt, public relations and facilities supervisor for Armstrong-Browning Library. "It's also a cultural thing. People are so busy these days, they don't take time out to enjoy poetry and music."

The Armstrong-Browning Library is known for housing the most complete collection of works relating to Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. It contains printed and personal possessions of the poets. The building and its artifacts were a life-long project for Dr. A.J. Armstrong, who was an English professor and department chairman at Baylor, as well as builder and director of the library. Armstrong personally collected most of the funding and artifacts for the building.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 710-3566.

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