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Adelaide Procter's poetry, which appeared almost exclusively in Household Words and All the Year Round, was among the most popular of the Victorian era. An active mid-Victorian feminist, she was a member of the Langham Place Circle and supporter of the Victoria Press, for which she edited the showcase annual The Victoria Regia as well as contributing journalism and poetry to the English Woman's Journal. A convert to Catholicism, much of whose oeuvre is religious poetry (at times put to the service of social protest), she was allegedly the favourite writer of the Queen and certainly one of the best-selling poets of her day. She died young, leaving only three short collections of her poetry.
30 October 1825 AP was born at 25 Bedford Square, London, the eldest of six children. Bibliographic Citation link.
March 1860 "A Lost Chord", popular poet AP's best-loved lyric, appeared in the English Woman's Journal. Set to music in 1877 by Arthur Sullivan, it became very popular in performance and also as a hymn. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 29 December 1860 The Second Series of AP's Legends and Lyrics appeared with a title-page date of 1861, including as its lead poem "A Legend of Provence", the powerful story of the redemption of a fallen woman. Bibliographic Citation link.
2 February 1864 AP died in London of consumption. Bibliographic Citation link.
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