Browning and the Dramatic Monologue is a Fiction Short Story Book. The book says that Why were the poems of Robert Browning so long unread? Why was his real message or spirit understood by few forty years after he began to write? The story is told that Douglas Jerrold, when recovering from a serious illness, opened a copy of "Sordello", which was among some new books sent to him by a friend. Sentence after sentence brought no consecutive thought, and at last it dawned upon him that perhaps his sickness had wrecked his mental faculties, and he sank back on the sofa, overwhelmed with dismay. Just then his wife and sister entered and, thrusting the book into their hands, he eagerly demanded what they thought of it. He watched them intently, and when at last Mrs. Jerrold exclaimed", I do not understand what this man means", Jerrold uttered a cry of relief", Thank God, I am not an idiot!" Browning, while protesting that he was not obscure, used to tell this story with great enjoyment.