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Gift Gallery


Shop the Gift Gallery on the first floor of the Armstrong Browning Library for a selection of unique Victorian gifts, souvenirs of your visit, or books regarding the Brownings and Victorian life. The Gallery is easily accessible through the James Avenue entrance, and quick visitor parking is available both on James Avenue and 8th Street.


Boundless Life: A Biography of Andrew Joseph Armstrong

by Scott Lewis

is now available in the Gift Gallery and the Baylor Bookstore!

All proceeds support the Armstrong Browning Library


Boundless Life Cover The life of A. J. Armstrong--or "Dr. A," as he is still affectionately known in Baylor circles--is well documented in the history of Baylor University. But by linking his name with the Victorian poet Robert Browning, his fame spread well beyond the banks of the Brazos through the Browning collection he assembled and presented to Baylor in 1918. That collection, housed in a splendid building constructed toward the end of Armstrong’s life, continues to grow and develop as a world class research facility. As an impresario Armstrong brought internationally known poets, stars of stage and opera, and luminaries from many other fields to Baylor and Waco audiences.

He and his wife Mary Maxwell Armstrong were intrepid travelers. Together, they clocked hundreds of thousands of miles of world travel, which, even by today’s standards, is truly astonishing. Baylor President Samuel Palmer Brooks often said that Armstrong worked as a travel agent in order to afford to be a college professor.

Indeed, it is as a teacher that Armstrong is best remembered. As Chairman of Baylor’s English Department for forty years, Armstrong influenced thousands of students. He could be intimidating and sometimes even terrifying, but he was always caring and mindful of his students often long after they had left Baylor. This biography details countless aspects of one of the university’s most beloved and acclaimed professors and reveals the lesser known personal side of this Southern gentleman from Louisville, Kentucky, whose life remains a shining example of Browning’s famous words--"Would you have your songs endure? Build on the human heart."

Scott Lewis, a native Wacoan and graduate of Baylor University, worked in the office of the Director of the Armstrong Browning Library as an undergraduate. He is an editor of The Brownings' Correspondence and is the author of numerous articles on the Brownings and their circle for a variety of publications. He received his PhD from University College London--the same university that Browning attended. His 2002 edition of The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning to Her Sister Arabella was received with critical acclaim. Lewis has lectured on the Brownings in the USA, the UK, and in Italy; and he has served as Resident Caretaker of Casa Guidi (the Brownings' Florentine home), on the Board of the Browning Institute, and has been Chairman of the Friends of Casa Guidi for more than ten years. Lewis lives in London where he has served as President of the Browning Society.

Hardback. xviii, 412 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 381 - 385) and index.

Unit cost: $24.95 plus tax = $27.01

With shipping and handling (book rate) = $30.00
With shipping and handling (first class) = $34.00

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