Thursday, June 22, 2006
Read Celia Thaxter''s An Island Garden, free from the University of Pennsylvania
Celia Thaxter in Her Garden, 1892, by Childe Hassam; Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC Celia became the hostess of her father's hotel, the Appledore House, and welcomed many New England literary and artistic notables to the island and to her parlor, including writers Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Whittier, Sarah Orne Jewett, and the artist Childe Hassam, who painted several pictures of her. She was present at the time of the infamous murders on Smuttynose Island, about which she wrote the essay A Memorable Murder. Her poems first appeared in The Atlantic Monthly and she became one of America's favorite authors in the late 19th century. Among her best-known poems are The Burgomaster Gull, Landlocked, Milking, The Great White Owl, The Kingfisher, and especially The Sandpiper.
Celia Thaxter died suddenly on 25 August 1894 and was buried on Appledore not far from her cottage.