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Caroline Bowles was a nineteenth-century poet, essayist, and writer of prose fiction. She published extensively in periodicals, particularly Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, and her works were often collected in volume form. Her verse is sometimes sentimental but can also be humorous and satirical. Her oeuvre includes children's literature, reviews, and verse autobiography. She was popular during her day but has since received little attention, except in her capacity as second wife of Poet Laureate Robert Southey.
6 December 1786 The future poet CB was born, an only child, at Buckland Manor near Lymington in Hampshire. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
1820 CB anonymously published her first book, the narrative poem Ellen Fitzarthur: A Metrical Tale. Bibliographic Citation link.
1836 Under her own name (for the first time) CB published her autobiographical The Birth-Day, A Poem in Three Parts, to which are added, Occasional Verses. Bibliographic Citation link.
15 October 1850 CB wrote to Alexander Blackwood reminding him of the late Robert Blackwood's promise to reprint her uncollected prose. Bibliographic Citation link.
20 July 1854 CB, poet, died at Buckland Cottage in Lymington, Hampshire. Bibliographic Citation link.
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