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LEL was one of the most prolific and popular authors of her day. She produced an immense corpus of poetry, several works of fiction (the first a particularly striking silver fork novel), and considerable review and editorial work. Her work more than any other popularized the persona of the lovelorn, doomed 'poetess' in the early nineteenth century.
14 August 1802 Letitia Elizabeth Landon, who later wrote as LEL, was born at 25 Hans Place, Chelsea, near London, the first of three children. Bibliographic Citation link.
11 March 1820 Eighteen-year-old Letitia Landon's first poem, "Rome", was published in the Literary Gazette, signed 'L.' Bibliographic Citation link.
15 October 1838 Less than two months after arriving in Africa and only four after her wedding, LEL was discovered lying lifeless in her room, in what seemed to be suspicious circumstances. Bibliographic Citation link.
1842 A novel entitled Lady Anne Granard; or, Keeping up Appearances was published, said to have been left unfinished by "L.E.L. (the late Mrs. MacLean)" Bibliographic Citation link. and concluded by the friend who then saw it through the press. Bibliographic Citation link.
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