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Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs Maclean) (1802-1838), Poet and novelist
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Letitia Elizabeth Landon was a poet and novelist who wrote of passionate love at a time when women were conventionally restricted in their themes. Landon's first volume of verse came out in 1821; it and the eight collections that followed were extremely popular, and she was in great demand as a contributor to magazines and gift books, annuals produced in the 1820s and 1830s as gifts for ladies. Her four novels, published between 1831 and 1842, were also successful. In 1838 Landon married George Maclean, then chief administrator of the Cape Coast settlement. She died of poisoning soon after her arrival in Africa.