Celia Thaxter


Birthday June 29, 1835

Birth Sign Cancer

Birthplace Portsmouth, NH

DEATH DATE Aug 25, 1894 (59)

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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.


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.