Christina Rossetti Additional Biography


(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Christina Georgina Rossetti (roh-ZEHT-ee), born in London on December 5, 1830, was the sister of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the youngest child of a Neapolitan political refugee who had settled in England and who became, eventually, professor of Italian at King’s College, University of London. Rossetti began to write poetry very early in life, and when she was seventeen a small volume of her work was printed at the private press of her grandfather, Gaetano Polidori. A year later, in 1848, one of her lyrics was published in The Athenaeum. When Dante Gabriel Rossetti founded the Pre-Raphaelite magazine The Germ in 1850, she became one of its frequent contributors, using the pseudonym Ellen Alleyn.{$S[A]Alleyn, Ellen;Rossetti, Christina}

Twelve years later her second volume, Goblin Market, and Other Poems, appeared publicly. The title poem received mixed reviews for its fantastic qualities, but her devotional poems were widely praised. Rossetti continued to write until the end of her life, but only four more volumes, including her poems for children, were published during her lifetime. Her third book of poetry brought her recognition as a rising poet, while her fourth book, Sing-Song, was widely appreciated for its musical qualities and playful images for children. Her reputation reached its greatest height with the publication of her fifth book, A Pageant, and Other Poems, which caused her to be compared with...

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(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

Born in London on December 5, 1830, Christina Georgina Rossetti was the younger sister of the famous Pre-Raphaelite painter and poet Dante...

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(Poetry for Students)

Christina Rossetti was born in London, England, in December 1830 and died in London in December 1894. Although she was of Italian descent,...

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