Letitia Elizabeth Landon
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Depicting Letitia Elizabeth Landon (1802 – 1838) English poet and novelist, aka L.E.L.
Ready to be mounted and framed, each print is accompanied by a short bio and posted with a protective greyboard backing in a bio-degradable sleeve, in a hard-backed envelope. A3 prints are wrapped in tissue paper and shipped in a postal tube.
Letitia Elizabeth Landon (1802 – 1838) English poet and novelist, aka L.E.L.
It was William Jerdan, editor of the Literary Gazette, who first took notice of the young Landon and encouraged her poetic endeavours. He published her first poem under the single initial "L" in the Gazette in 1820, when she was only 18.
He went on to abuse his position and seduce her when she was still not yet 20 years old. Landon secretly bore (the married) Jerdan three children, all of which were taken from her, and by 1826, her reputation began to suffer as rumours of their affair and her laudanum addiction circulated.
In 1836, Landon met and married George Maclean, governor of the Gold Coast (now Ghana), where they relocated to in July 1838. Two months later, Landon was found dead, a bottle of prussic acid in her hand. Though the official cause of death was deemed accidental, rumours were rife and it is still not known what exactly happened.
Landon's reputation as a poet suffered during most of the 20th century - her poetry was perceived as overly simple and sentimental. In recent years, however, scholars and critics have increasingly studied her work, beginning with Germaine Greer in the 1970's.