27 April 1842
Having begun composing poetry at six, CR was eleven when she wrote her earliest preserved poem, for her mother
27 April 1859
CR completed her most celebrated poem, Goblin Market
; in manuscript it was dedicated to her sister
, referring to her by her initials.
CR published in Scribner's Monthly
"A Christmas Carol", better known by its first line "In the Bleak Midwinter", which has become her most widely encountered work, since it is still sung by thousands in the Christmas season.
29 December 1894
CR died, exhausted from the pain of advanced cancer and from the terror of opiate-induced hallucinations.