Celia ThaxterCelia Thaxter
American Poet
1836 – 1894 A.D.

Celia Thaxter, an American poet, born at Portsmouth, N.H. Her father was the keeper of the lighthouse on the Isles of Shoals, where her childhood and much of her later life was spent.

In 1851 she was married to Levi Lincoln Thaxter, a Browning Scholar. She had considerable skill as a painter in water-colors, and was accustomed to illustrate separate copies of her books with flower and marine pieces for those who wished them. Mrs. Thaxter’s poetry was reflective of her quiet life on the islands. It expressed simplicity and delicacy her feeling for the sea and its perils, and also for the gentler aspects of nature.

Her books include: Poems, Among the Isles of Shoals, Drift Weed, Poems for Children and An Island Garden.


Reference: Famous Women; An Outline of Feminine Achievement Through the Ages With Life Stories of Five Hundred Noted Women By Joseph Adelman. Copyright, 1926 by Ellis M. Lonow Company.

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