On this day in 1862, poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti returns from a night out with his fellow poet Algernon Charles Swinburne and finds his wife dead from an overdose of laudanum. He had married the beautiful model Elizabeth Siddal only two years earlier. Devastated by his lost, Rossetti buried the only complete manuscript of his poetry with her. The manuscript was later recovered and published eight years later, in 1870, 12 years before Rossetti's own death.
"Recovered"? The manuscript was recovered? As in, Dante Gabriel instructed some poor wretch to dig up the lady's coffin, pry it open, and snatch the precious manuscript out of her bony hands?
Nice going, D. G. Real romantic of you.
I always thought your sister Christina was the better poet, anyway.