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February 11, 2013

Mrs. Rossetti & the Pre-Raphaelites

Elizabeth Siddal   (1829 - 1862)

Elizabeth Siddal (1829 – 1862)

On this day in 1862 Elizabeth Siddal died at the age of thirty-two, almost certainly a suicide. Husband Dante Gabriel Rossetti was stirred by grief, guilt and his romantic temperament to the last-minute gesture of placing the only copies of many of his poems in his wife’s coffin; seven years later, in one of the most notorious second-thoughts of love and literature, Rossetti retrieved and published the poems.

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