|Description: A red covered book titled "The Forest Sanctuary, De Chatillon, with other poems" by Felicia Hemans. |
Felicia Hemans (1793-1835) was an English poet who was born Felicia Dorothea Browne, in Liverpool, but made her home in Wales. Her first poems, dedicated to the Prince of Wales, were published in Liverpool in 1808 when she was only fifteen. She married Captain Alfred Hemans, an Irish army officer and gave birth to five sons. By this time she had published several books of poetry. From 1831 onwards she lived in Dublin. Her major collections, including 'The Forest Sanctuary (1825), Records of Woman and Songs of the Affections (1830) were immensely popular, especially with female readers. She was a well-known literary figure, highly regarded by contemporaries such as Wordsworth, and with a popular following in the United States and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.