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    Ambrotype of Fanny Brawne taken circa 1850 (photograph on glass) Frances " Fanny " Brawne Lindon (9 August 1800 – 4 December 1865) is best known as the fiancée and muse to English Romantic poet John Keats. As Fanny Brawne, she met Keats, who was her neighbour in Hampstead, at the beginning of his brief period of intense creative activity in 1818.

  2. Feb 4, 2015 · For it was there, in the autumn of 1818, that Frances Lindon had been known as Fanny Brawne. And it was there that she met a struggling young poet named John Keats. The anonymous Mrs Lindon was, in fact, the mysterious, unnamed beloved of the now famous Keats. It was seven years after her death before Fanny’s identity became known.

  3. Fanny Brawne friend of Keats Share Learn about this topic in these articles: relationship with Keats In John Keats: Personal crisis …the same time, he met Fanny Brawne, a near neighbour in Hampstead, with whom he soon fell hopelessly and tragically in love. The relation with Fanny had a decisive effect on Keats’s development.

  4. Fanny Brawne was born on August 9, 1800 near Hampstead. After her father died in 1810, Brawne, her mother, and her two younger siblings lived in a series of rented houses. Throughout her youth, Brawne was interested in fashion, was an expert on historical costume, and was skilled at sewing, knitting and embroidery.

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    Early life

    Frances (known as Fanny) Brawne was born 9 Au­gust 1800 to Samuel and Frances at the Brawnes’ farm near the ham­let of West End, close to Hamp­stead, England. She was the el­dest of three sur­viv­ing chil­dren; her brother Samuel was born July 1804, and her sis­ter Mar­garet was born April 1809 (John and Jane, two other sib­lings, died in infancy). By 1810, her fam­ily was in Ken­tish Town, and on 11 April of that year her fa­ther died, at age thirty-five, of con­sump­tion. Sub­se­quently, Mr...

    Time with Keats, 1818–1821

    At eigh­teen, Fanny Brawne “was small, her eyes were blue and often en­hanced by blue rib­bons in her brown hair; her mouth ex­pressed de­ter­mi­na­tion and a sense of hu­mour and her smile was dis­arm­ing. She was not con­ven­tion­ally beau­ti­ful: her nose was a lit­tle too aquiline, her face too pale and thin (some called it sal­low). But she knew the value of el­e­gance; vel­vet hats and muslin bon­nets, crêpe hats with argusfeath­ers, straw hats em­bell­ished with grapes and tar­tan rib­...

    The years after, 1821–1865

    Fanny Brawne cut her hair short, donned black cloth­ing, and wore the ring Keats had given her. “A let­ter from Sev­ern to Tay­lor reached Hamp­stead about April 16, and Fanny learned how the Ital­ian health au­thor­i­ties had burned the fur­ni­ture in Keats's room, scraped the walls and made new win­dows and doors and floor. She read of the post mortem and the fu­neral near the mon­u­ment of Caius Ces­tius and how Dr. Clark had made the men plant daisies on the grave, say­ing that Keats woul...

    The publication of Keats’s love letters to Brawne

    Fol­low­ing the death of their fa­ther on 21 Oc­to­ber 1872, Fanny's chil­dren Her­bert and Mar­garet Lin­don set about look­ing for po­ten­tial buy­ers of their mother's relics. After ne­go­ti­a­tions with the Dilke fam­ily and R. M. Milnes, Her­bert de­cided to pub­lish the let­ters in book form and auc­tion them some time after. “In Feb­ru­ary 1878 ap­peared a slim, el­e­gantly de­signed vol­ume of under two hun­dred pages. Edited with an in­tro­duc­tion by an­other of the day’s promi­nent...

    The publication of Fanny Brawne’s letters to Fanny Keats

    In 1934, a col­lec­tor of Keats do­nated his col­lec­tion to the Keats Memo­r­ial House, Hamp­stead, on the con­di­tion that he should re­main anony­mous. In­cluded in the do­na­tion were the let­ters that Fanny Brawne had writ­ten to Frances (Fanny) Keats be­tween Sep­tem­ber 1820 and June 1824. In 1937, Ox­ford Uni­ver­sity Press pub­lished Let­ters of Fanny Brawne to Fanny Keats; and Fred Edgcumbe, ed­i­tor of the vol­ume and cu­ra­tor of the Keats Memo­r­ial House, com­mented in his in­tr...

    The letter to Brown

    There is a let­ter Fanny wrote to Charles Brown in 1829, grant­ing him per­mis­sion to re­pro­duce for bi­o­graph­i­cal pur­poses some let­ters and poems of Keats's con­cern­ing his re­la­tion­ship with her with­out using her name, which has caused schol­ars at­tempt­ing to fit it into her life con­sid­er­able dif­fi­culty—so much so, that the let­ter is vir­tu­ally ig­nored in some major Keats biographiesand writ­ten off as unim­por­tant in others. Of this let­ter, there are two pas­sages in...

    Campion, Jane, ed. Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne.New York: Penguin Group, 2009. Print.
    Edgcumbe, Fred, ed. Letters of Fanny Brawne to Fanny Keats (1820–1824).New York: Oxford University Press, 1937. Print.
    Flament, Gale. Fanny Brawne reconsidered: A study of a fashion conscious woman of the middle class, 1800–1865. University of Akron, 2007 Fanny Brawne reconsidered. Accessed 2010-06-07
    Forman, Maurice Buxton, ed. The Letters of John Keats.4th Edition. London: Oxford University Press, 1952. Print.
    Works by or about Fanny Brawne at Internet Archive
    Study: Fanny Brawne reconsidered: A study of a fashion conscious woman of the middle class, 1800–1865. By Gale Flament (2007), University of AkronAccessed 2010-06-07
    "Archival material relating to Fanny Brawne". UK National Archives.
  5. Critics and admirers of John Keats have maligned Fanny (Frances) Brawne for many years because apparently, she showed little interest in Keats' poetry while he was alive, and second, she chose...

  6. Aug 31, 2020 · John Keats’s last known letter to his beloved Fanny Brawne was written in August of 1820. To think that this was perhaps the last letter he ever wrote to her is utterly heartbreaking. It is so heartbreaking that I cannot even write about it—not at this present moment, at least.

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