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Fanny Brawne (1800–1865)

Author of Letters of Fanny Brawne to Fanny Keats, 1820-1824

Includes the names: Frances Brawne

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Fanny Brawne met the poet John Keats in the summer of 1818. He described her in a letter as "beautiful, elegant, graceful, silly, fashionable and strange." Her family became his next door neighbors and she helped nurse him through his tuberculosis. The couple became engaged despite the opposition of Keats' friends. In 1820, Keats was advised by his doctors that he had to leave England for a warmer climate. He went to Rome and died there in February 1821. Fanny later married and had 3 children. He had ordered that her letters to him be destroyed, but she kept his. They caused a scandal when published during the Victorian era.
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