Adelaide Anne Procter
English poet and philanthropistDied when: 38 years 95 days (459 months)
Star Sign: Scorpio
Adelaide Anne Procter (30 October 1825 – 2 February 1864) was an English poet and philanthropist.Her literary career began when she was a teenager, her poems appearing in Charles Dickens's periodicals Household Words and All the Year Round, and later in feminist journals.
Her charity work and her conversion to Roman Catholicism seem to have influenced her poetry, which deals with such subjects as homelessness, poverty, and fallen women, among whom she performed philanthropic work.
Procter was the favourite poet of Queen Victoria.Coventry Patmore called her the most popular poet of the day, after Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
Few modern critics have rated her work, but it is still thought significant for what it reveals about how Victorian women expressed otherwise repressed feelings.
Procter never married.Her health suffered, possibly due to overwork, and she died of tuberculosis at the age of 38.