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L. S. Bevington was an essayist, philosopher and poet, one of a very small handful of publishing anarcho-communist women. She issued three collections of poetry, over thirty essays, and a small number of translations in the latter part of the nineteenth century. In the course of her life, she developed into a vociferous activist for communal governance of society free from money, religion, and state apparatus, and supported violence as a necessary element of revolution. Her work is strongly tied to post-Darwinian theories of evolution. Bibliographic Citation link.
14 May 1845 Louisa Sarah Bevington was born in Battersea in South London, the eldest of eight children (of whom seven were girls).  Bibliographic Citation link.
October 1871 LSB probably first reached print with two sonnets in the Quaker periodical the Friends' Quarterly Examiner, titled "Sonnet" and "A Double Sonnet". She may have added a third sonnet in the same journal this year. Bibliographic Citation link.
October-December 1879 LSB followed "The Personal Aspect of Responsibility" with another scientific or philosophical essay, published in two parts in Nineteenth Century, entitled "Modern Atheism and Mr. Mallock". It remains her best-known essay. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 5 August 1882 LSB published her second and probably best-known volume, Poems, Lyrics, and Sonnets, which is more metrically experimental than her earlier Key-Notes and more explicitly grounded in non-Christian philosophy. Bibliographic Citation link.
By November 28 1895 After a long illness, LSB died, aged fifty, at Willesden in Middlesex. The official cause of death was heart disease and dropsy (edema).  Bibliographic Citation link.
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