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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Spin and the Creation of a Romantic Legend

Adrianne Blue.

There has been a lot of cogent discussion about the ways contemporary governments, multi-nationals, even superstars--trying to sell a policy or a product or an image--try to manipulate the media and thereby public opinion by putting their own spin on information. In my paper, I focus on an instance in the l9th century when the two British poets Elizabeth and Robert Browning consciously manipulated the then newspaper of record, The Times, by putting spin on their wedding announcement.
The erroneous wedding announcement in The Times, history’s first draft and everyone else’s first knowledge of their secret wedding, gave birth to the romantic legend of the impetuous couple who wed and fled.


Adrianne Blue  (United Kingdom)
Lecturer in International Journalism
Department of Journalism and Publishing
The City University, London

A former London Sunday Times correspondent, Adrianne Blue is a lecturer in international journalism at City University in London. In l998, she was a research fellow at the Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor University in Texas. She is the author of seven books published in 17 languages.

  • spin
  • legend
  • newspaper
Person as Subject
  • Browning,Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrett

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)