Celia Laighton Thaxter (1835-1894) was a poet and prose writer from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Her first poem, “Land-locked,” was published in 1860, and was an immediate success. She enjoyed visits from prominent artists, literary figures, and musicians at her family’s resort on Appledore Island, and was published in Harper’s, Scribner’s, and the Atlantic. She is best known today for An Island Garden and Among the Isles of Shoals.
The December 1964 issue of the Colby Library Quarterly features articles on Celia Thaxter’s life and work.
We have letters, poems, prose fragments, an unfinished novel, scrapbooks, and first appearances in print. Our Celia Thaxter Collection is described in detail online.
HIGHLIGHTED DONORS FOR THIS COLLECTION
Rosamond Thaxter – primary donor