Laurence Hope

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LH , a writer of exotic, Orientalist love lyrics, published three volumes of immensely successful poetry in the early twentieth century. They remained popular for a number of years after her death. Favourites among her lyrics, like Kashmiri Song and Less than the Dust Beneath Thy Chariot Wheels, had their lives prolonged in musical settings which were sung both in drawing-rooms and in the repertoire of famous singers.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Response to her as a poet, however, has often been overshadowed by romanticized readings of her biography.
Black and white photograph of Laurence Hope, with her elbows propped up, her hands folded on top of each other, and her head leaning on her hands. She is wearing thick metal bracelets on both of her wrists, and she has short dark hair.
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Milestones

9 April 1865
Adela Florence Cory, the future LH , was born at Stoke House, Stoke Bishop, Gloucestershire (now a part of Bristol), while her family was on leave from her father 's post in India.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
1901
LH published her first volume of poetry, The Garden of Káma, and Other Love Lyrics from India (issued a year later in the US as India's Love Lyrics), in London with Heinemann .
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
4 October 1904
The poet Laurence Hope committed suicide by ingesting perchloride of mercury at Dunmore House in Teynampet (a part of Madras, India).
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
By late August 1905
LH 's last collection of poems, Indian Love, was published posthumously with Heinemann . As before, the claim that the poems are translations is fictional.
TLS Centenary Archive Centenary Archive [1902-2012].
189 (25 August 1905): 267
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.

Biography

A Literary Family

9 April 1865
Adela Florence Cory, the future LH , was born at Stoke House, Stoke Bishop, Gloucestershire (now a part of Bristol), while her family was on leave from her father 's post in India.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.