Celia Thaxter

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Birthday
29, 1835
Birthplace
Portsmouth, NH
Death Date
Aug 25, 1894 (59)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
29, 1835
Birthplace
Portsmouth, NH
Death Date
Aug 25, 1894 (59)

About

American poet known for such beloved nature poems as "The Sandpiper," "The Kingfisher," and "The Great White Owl." She was a prominent member of the nineteenth-century New England literary scene.

Before Fame

During the early years of her career, she published poems in The Atlantic Monthly.

Trivia

She was a family friend of painter William Morris Hunt. When Hunt committed suicide in 1879, Celia Thaxter was the one to find his body.

Family Life

The daughter of a lighthouse keeper, she grew up on the Isles of Shoals (near Maine and New Hampshire). She and her husband, Levi Thaxter, had a son named Roland.

Associated With

She worked as a hostess in her father's Maine hotel, which was a popular gathering place for prominent authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne and Ralph Waldo Emerson.