14 May 1845
Louisa Sarah Bevington was born in Battersea
in South London, the eldest of eight children (of whom seven were girls).
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.
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.
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.
By November 28 1895
After a long illness, LSB died, aged fifty, at Willesden
. The official cause of death was heart disease and dropsy (edema).