(a) In and out of the canon: 1889–1979
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Browning achieved wide recognition in the late 1860s, and for the last two decades of his life his reputation remained high. His burial in Poets’ Corner, Westminster Abbey, was a major public event attended by people as diverse as the Archbishop of Canterbury, the novelist Margaret Oliphant, the French and Italian ambassadors, and the adventure novelist Rider Haggard. The Times contained a moving account: ‘Such was the interment in the place of highest honour of one of the most illustrious of the sons of literature’ (1 Jan. 1890).