Death-in-Love (holograph fair copy, U. of British Columbia Library)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Production Description

Document Title: Death-in-Love
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of composition: 1869
Type of Manuscript: fair copy manuscript, no corrections
Scribe: DGR
Corrector: DGR


Current Location: U. of British Columbia Library, Norman Colbeck Collection
Note: The manuscript is in the Norman Colbeck MS file, Rossetti Family Album Folder.

Physical Description

Paper: 17.9 x 11.3cm
Other Physical Features: The leaf is a half sheet. On the verso is a fair copy of the sonnet “The Sun's Shame I”.

Scholarly Commentary


This must be the earliest extant manuscript. The poem was apparently written on 1 May 1869. The text here does not vary from the first printing of the poem in the Penkill Proofs for the 1870 Poems , in August 1869.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 13-1869.ubcms.rad.xml
Copyright: ©The University of British Columbia Library, Norman Colbeck Collection