Letitia Elizabeth Landon also known as L.E.L. she was born on August 14, 1802 in London and died October 15, 1838 in Gold Coast Colony, now Ghana. She was a poet and novelist who, at a period when women were conventionally restricted in their themes, treated that of passionate love. She is remembered for her high-spirited social life and mysterious death and for verse that reveals a lively intelligence and intensity of feeling.
Her first volume of verse came out in 1821; it and the eight collections that followed were extremed popular, and she was in great demand as a contributor to magazines and the many annuals produced in the 1820s and ‘30s as gifts for ladies. Her four novels (published 1831-42) were also successful.
She captivated London society by her wayward charm, and her exploits were the talk of the town. An engagement to John Forster, journalist and man of letters, ended unhappily. In 1838 she married George Maclean, governor of Cape Coast Castle. She died of poisoning soon after her arrival in Africa after taking prussic acid, presumably by accident.
Reference: The New Encyclopedia Britannica (Micropaedia)