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Selected Poetry of Letitia Elizabeth Landon (1802-1838)

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Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

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Index to poems

  1. Revenge

Notes on Life and Works

Born and educated in London, L. E. L. (as she signed her prolific output of poems, stories, and novels) was one of the most popular women writers of the nineteenth century and earned an excellent livelihood from her writings, which she needed to support her parents and siblings. Her historical novel Ethel Churchill (1837) has been thought her best work; it is available in a facsimile edition by Scholars' Facsimiles and Reprints with an introduction by F. J. Sypher (1992; PR 4865 L5E87 Robarts Library). Her affairs with her editors William Jerdan (Literary Gazette) and William Macginn (Fraser's Magazine) marked her with scandal. She married George Maclean in 1838, Governor of Cape Coast Castle (now in Ghana), and travelled there with him, and was found dead from an overdose of prussic acid. For a biography, see her Life and Literary Remains, edited by Laman Blanchard (London: H. Colburn, 1841; B-11 5897 Fisher Library), and Letty Landon by H. Ashton (1951).

Biographical information

Given name: Letitia Elizabeth
Family name: Landon
Birth date: 14 August 1802
Death date: 15 October 1838
Nationality: English
Family relations
          father: John Landon
          husband: George Maclean (from June 1838)
          brother: Whittington Henry Landon
Language: English
Education: School in Chelsea
Literary period: Romantic
          Hans Place, Chelsea: 14 August 1802
          Old Brompton: 1815
          Cape Coast Castle: 16 August 1838 to 15 October 1838
Cause of death: Prussic acid
Buried at: 1998