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Christina Rossetti

Christina Georgina Rossetti was born in 1830 in London, England. She was the sister of the Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and formed the subject of many of his paintings. Rossetti began writing when she was seven, but was thirty-one before she saw her first publication. During the 1860s and '70s she worked in a refuge for former prostitutes. She was widely regarded as one of the most important women poets of the Victorian era. She died in 1894 and is buried in Highgate Cemetery.