Letitia Elizabeth Landon biography

Letitia Elizabeth Landon

Novelist, Author

1802 – 1838

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Who was Letitia Elizabeth Landon?

Letitia Elizabeth Landon, English poet and novelist, better known by her initials L. E. L.

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Born
Aug 14, 1802
Chelsea
Also known as
  • L. E. L.
Spouses
Nationality
  • England
Profession
Died
Oct 15, 1838
Cape Coast

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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  • To add more detail: Letitia Elizabeth Landon was an English poet. Born 14th August 1802 at 25 Hans Place, Chelsea, she lived through the most productive period of her life nearby, at No.22. A precocious child with a natural gift for poetry, she was driven by the financial needs of her family to become a professional writer and thus a target for malicious gossip (although her three children by William Jerdan were successfully hidden from the public). In 1838, she married George Maclean, governor of Cape Coast Castle on the Gold Coast, whence she travelled, only to die a few months later (15th October) of a fatal heart condition. Behind her novel style of sentimentality lie preoccupations with art, decay and loss that give her poetry its characteristic intensity and in this vein she attempted to reinterpret some of the great male texts from a woman’s perspective. 
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