Landon, Letitia Elizabeth (L. E. L.) (F)

b. 14 August 1802. d. 15 October 1838. Nationality: English. VIAF.
Poet, novelist, and editor. Prolific writer and major influence on Victorian women’s poetry. Signatures: “L. E. L.”, “L.”, “Miss Landon.” Her first poem, “Rome”, was published in the *Literary Gazette* under the pseudonym “L.” Closely involved in literary annuals as editor and contributor (especially *Heath’s Book of Beauty*, *Fisher’s Drawing Room Scrap Book*), and provided metrical translations for the poetry in Isabel Hill’s English translation of Germaine de Staël’s best-selling *Corinne; or, Italy* (1833). Briefly engaged in 1834 to John Forster, editor of *The Examiner. Married George Maclean (governor of the Gold Coast of Africa [Ghana]) on 7 June 1838, but died two months’ later after ingesting prussic acid in suspicious circumstances. Biographic information: *ODNB*. (SP, AC)

Poems associated with this person

Poem title Date Periodical Roles id #
Ellen; A Fragment 1824 Forget-Me-Not Poet 15898
Lines on the Mausoleum of the Princess Charlotte at Claremont 1824 Forget-Me-Not Poet 15899
The Parting Charge 1825 Forget-Me-Not Poet 15065
The Lute 1825 Forget-Me-Not Poet 15068
Second Sight. A Dramatic Scene 1825 Forget-Me-Not Poet 15097
The Ruined Cottage 1825 Forget-Me-Not Poet 15072
The Choice 1826 Forget-Me-Not Poet 13916
Prince Ahmed and the Fairy. A Sketch from the Arabian Nights 1826 Forget-Me-Not Poet 13940
Love’s Motto 1827 Forget-Me-Not Poet 15608
The Stag 1827 Forget-Me-Not Poet 15636
The Sword 1828 Forget-Me-Not Poet 13982
The Bridal Morning 1828 Forget-Me-Not Poet 13997
Song 1828 Forget-Me-Not Poet 14087
The Danish Warrior’s Death Song 1828 The Keepsake Poet 2942
Verses 1829 The Keepsake Poet 2957
The Altered River 1829 The Keepsake Poet 3055
The Rose and Laurel Leaf 1830 Forget-Me-Not Poet 15058
The Disconsolate 1831 Forget-Me-Not Poet 15706
The Forgotten One 1831 The Keepsake Poet 3383
The Return 1831 The Keepsake Poet 3391
The Death Song 1831 The Keepsake Poet 3378
Legendary Fragments 1831 The Keepsake Poet 3382
The Thunderstorm 1832 Forget-Me-Not Poet 15277
Do You Remember It? 1832 The Keepsake Poet 3576
Edith 1832 The Keepsake Poet 3564
Good Angels 1832 The Keepsake Poet 3566
An Early Passage in Sir John Perrot’s Life 1832 The Keepsake Poet 3571
Marius at the Ruins of Carthage 1833 The Keepsake Poet 3772
The Adieu 1833 The Keepsake Poet 3774
Madeira 1835 Forget-Me-Not Poet 15204
The Confession 1836 Forget-Me-Not Poet 15326
Fenella’s Escape 1836 The Keepsake Poet 4204
The Sleeping Beauty 1837 Forget-Me-Not Poet 15779
Remembrance 1837 The Keepsake Poet 4414
Alice Lee 1839 Forget-Me-Not Poet 15357
Verses on Thomas Clarkson, by L. E. L. 1839-12-14 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 3766
A Long While Ago 1841-06-12 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 5266
Love’s Signal Flower 1844 Forget-Me-Not Poet 15442