Letitia Elizabeth Landon


Born in Chelsea, Letitia Elizabeth Landon was educated at Frances Rowden's school and at home. Her first poem was published by William Jerdan in 1818, and in a few years she became the best-known contributor to his Literary Gazette, where she published under the signature "L. E. L." Many were reprinted in The Improvisatrice (1825) which went through six printings. Landon later supported herself by composing novels and contributing to the literary annuals. In 1834 an engagement to John Forster was broken off over rumors of scandal; rumor also attributed the poet's death to suicide after a brief marriage to George Maclean.


1823The Female Head on the left of "The Hours."


The fate of Adelaide, a Swiss romantic tale; and other poems. 1821.
The improvisatrice; and other poems. 1825.
The troubadour; catalogue of pictures, and historical sketches. 1825.
The golden violet, with its tales of romance and chivalry; and other poems. 1827.
Poetical works. 3 vols, 1827.
The Venetian bracelet, the lost Pleiad, a history of the lyre, and other poems. 1830.
Romance and teality. 3 vols, 1831.
The Easter gift: a religious offering. 1832.
Fisher's drawing room scrap book [editor and contributor]. 1832-38.
The book of beauty [sole contributor]. 1833.
Francesca Carrara. 3 vols, 1834.
Miscellaneous poetical works. 1835.
The vow of the peacock, and other poems. 1835.
Traits and trials of early life. 1836.
Ethel Churchill; or the two brides. 3 vols, 1837.
Flowers of loveliness. 1838.
Works. 2 vols, 1838.
The zenana and minor poems of Letitia Elizabeth Landon. 1839.
Poetical works. 4 vols, 1839.
Life and literary remains of Letitia Elizabeth Landon, ed. Samuel Laman Blanchard. 1841.
Poetical works. 2 vols, 1850.
Poetical works, ed. W. B. Scott. 1873.
Poetical works, ed. F. J. Sypher. 1990.
Critical writings, ed. F. J. Sypher. 1996.