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How Do I Love Thee?

How Do I Love Thee?

Florence Gibson MacDonald

Playwrights Canada Press

Florence Gibson MacDonald creates a dark and achingly passionate love story that explores the role of addiction in artistic inspiration and brings new perspective to the love that endures in their verse.


Victorian poets Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning are as renowned for their passionate relationship as they are their poetry. How Do I Love Thee? revisits the life of the 19th-century poets from their courtship, carried out entirely through letters, to their sudden elopement and tumultuous marriage marred by drug addiction and financial strife.


Florence Gibson MacDonald has an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and genetics and an M.D. She practiced medicine in the Arctic, Hong Kong and East Africa before returning to Canada to practice and eventually write full-time. Her internationally produced play Belle was short-listed for a British Council International Playwriting Award, nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award and won a Chalmers Canadian Play Award in 2000. Home is My Road won the Carol Bolt National Award for drama, 2004. Missing won the Herman Voaden National Playwriting Award, 2005. Her hit play, i think i can, told through tap dance and co-created with choreographer Shawn Byfield, was nominated for five Dora Mavor Moore Awards and won for Outstanding New Musical in 2007. How Do I Love Thee? premiered at Alberta Theatre Projects in 2010 and was shortlisted for a Betty Award for best new play. Augury won the ATP/Enbridge Playwrights Award, 2009. As playwright in residence at the Stratford Festival she worked on Love Handles, her one-woman show that received a Herman Voaden National Playwriting Award honourable mention in 2009.

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