L. E. L.
Standard Name: L. E. L.
Birth Name: Letitia Elizabeth Landon
Pseudonym: L. E. L.
Used Form: LEL
Used Form: L.E.L.
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.
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BH seems to have remained saleable for a long time, since The Gift of Friendship . . . with contributions by . . . Mrs. Hofland appeared as late as 1877. Others included were Mary Howitt
|Dedications||Maria Jane Jewsbury||
In the Drawing-Room Scrapbook for 1839 MJJ published a poem to the annual's former editor: To L.E.L after meeting her for the first time.
Boyle, Andrew. An Index to the Annuals. Andrew Boyle, 1967.
This work she dedicated to L. E. L. , as a faint tribute to her genius.
It was reprinted in London two years later, with the final three words dropped from the title.
Blain, Virginia, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford, 1990.
|Education||Frances Ridley Havergal||
FRH was an avid reader within limits: her selection of material was mostly dictated by her religious interests. After receiving a copy of a book about literary women she commented, The sad sketch of L. E. L.
|Family and Intimate relationships||Violet Fane||
VF 's love life was a frequent subject of London gossip. According to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, she was regarded, in her own time, as a late-Victorian Letitia Landon .
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
|Family and Intimate relationships||Anna Eliza Bray||
Ann Arrow Kempe was described by her daughter as shy and tender, with a love of music. L. E. L. remembered her as a charming, kind woman who admired poetry and demonstrated a sincere affection...
|Family and Intimate relationships||John Forster||
In 1834 JF became engaged to the popular poet L.E.L . Their nuptials were soon called off by L.E.L when rumours that she had had an affair with William Jerdan resurfaced. Forster pressed for a...
|Fictionalization||Lady Mary Wortley Montagu||
For centuries LMWM has been interpreted and re-interpreted, judged less often as writer than as an exemplar of the unacceptable female. Her fame and/or notoriety flourished during her lifetime, and posthumous publications kept it alive...
|Friends, Associates||Mary Shelley||
MS also met the leading women writers of her later years: Jane Porter , Catherine Gore , Caroline Norton , and LEL . She was friendly, too, with Thomas Moore , Prosper Mérimée , Washington Irving
|Friends, Associates||Maria Jane Jewsbury||
Determined to be a writer, MJJ actively sought literary society. Her other literary friends included author and editor Samuel Laman Blanchard , dramatist James Robinson Planché , the Rev. George Robert Gleig , and Sir Walter Scott
|Friends, Associates||Anna Eliza Bray||
This brief marriage brought Anna Eliza a number of literary friendships: with Sir Walter Scott , Amelia Opie , Letitia Elizabeth Landon , John Murray , Robert Southey , and later with Southey's second wife,...
|Friends, Associates||Anna Eliza Bray||
Owing to her nervousness and delicate health AEB did not socialize much; her literary friends were few though deeply valued, including L. E. L. , John Murray , Owen Rees , and Anna Maria Hall
|Friends, Associates||Catherine Gore||
CG was acquainted with a number of important literary figures. Before leaving London for the Continent she attended an assembly given by Rosina Bulwer-Lytton to which Disraeli , Lady Morgan , and Letitia Landon also...
|Friends, Associates||Jane Loudon||
In London after her father's death, Jane Webb was a frequent visitor to the family of
|Friends, Associates||Rosina Bulwer Lytton, Baroness Lytton||
Their mother was living in Paris at this time, and Rosina lived in London with her uncle Sir John Doyle (latterly without her sister, who joined their mother in Paris). She reputedly had an unusual...
The annual Heath's Book of Beauty began publication; the first number was edited by L. E. L.