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Lifetime: 1865 - 1904 Passed: ≈ 119 years ago





Laurence Hope

Violet Nicolson was an English poet who wrote under the pseudonym Laurence Hope, however she became known as Violet Nicolson. In the early 1900s, she became a best-selling author.

She was born on 9 April 1865 at Stoke Bishop, Gloucestershire, the second of three daughters to Colonel Arthur Cory and Fanny Elizabeth Griffin. Her father was employed in the British army at Lahore, and thus she was brought up by her relatives back in England. She left for India in 1881 to join her father. Her father was editor of the Lahore arm of The Civil and Military Gazette, and it was he who in all probability gave Rudyard Kipling (a contemporary of his daughter) his first employment as a journalist. Her sisters Annie Sophie Cory and Isabel Cory also pursued writing careers: Annie wrote popular, racy novels under the pseudonym "Victoria Cross," while Isabel assisted and then succeeded their father as editor of the Sind Gazette.

Adela married Colonel Malcolm Hassels Nicolson, who was then twice her age and commandant of the 3rd Battalion, the Baluch Regiment in April 1889. He had apparently gained a reputation for derring do, once crossing the Mango Pir River by hopping from one crocodile's back to another. A talented linguist, he introduced her to his love of India and native customs and food, which she began to share. This widely gave the couple a reputation for being eccentric. On the Zhob Valley expedition of 1890 she followed her husband through the passes of the Afghan border disguised as a Pathan boy. They lived in Mhow from 1895 until early 1900. After he died in a prostate operation, Adela, who had been prone to depression since childhood, committed suicide by poisoning herself and died at the age of 39 on 4 October 1904 in Madras. Her son Malcolm published her Selected Poems posthumously in 1922.

Books by Laurence Hope

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The Garden of Kama

Love Imagery Poems Erotica Life Verses

The Garden of Kama is a book of lyric poetry published in 1901 and written by Adela Florence Nicolson under the pseudonym Laurence Hope. It was illustrated by Byam Shaw. The poems in the book were given as translations of Indian poets by a man, as sh...

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The Hut

Beauty Imagery Nature Romanticism Poems Passion Fortnightly

The book is a celebration of the natural world and the joys and sorrows of human existence. The poems in "The Hut" are deeply personal and introspective, exploring themes such as love, loss, and the beauty of nature. Laurence Hope's writing is known...

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Love Poems Journey Desire Emotion Experiences Fortnightly

It is a mesmerizing collection of poetry that enchants readers with its ethereal imagery and profound emotions. Written by the talented poet Laurence Hope, this book captures the essence of love, longing, and the human experience through exquisite ve...

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Stars of the Desert

Romantic Love Mystery Imagery Nature Emotion India Indian Literature

It is a captivating and enchanting book that transports readers to the mesmerizing landscapes of the desert. This book offers a poetic journey through the vast expanse of the desert, its mysteries, and the profound emotions it evokes. "Stars of the D...

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India's Love Lyrics

Poetry Romance Fiction
Romanticism Devotion Struggle Passion Emotion Music Inspirational Longing Lyrical

Prepare to embark on a mesmerizing journey through the poetic heart of India with Laurence Hope's timeless classic, India's Love Lyrics. With an air of mystique and an intoxicating blend of love and longing, this collection of verses unveils the most...

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Hira-Singh's Farewell to Burmah

Love Beauty Spirit Adventure Self-Discovery Poems Loss Verses Complex

As the sun dips below the horizon, casting its golden hues across the Irrawaddy River, a young man named Hira-Singh stands on the deck of a departing boat, his heart heavy with the weight of farewell. In Laurence Hope's evocative poem, "Hira-Singh's...