One day in the country
Is worth a month in town
December 5, 1830: Pre-Raphaelite poet Christina Rossetti enjoyed literary success in her lifetime—she was seen as a successor to Elizabeth Barrett Browning—and her work is still influential today. A line in her poem, A Dirge, provided the title of J.K. Rowling’s novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling. Rossetti was born in London, 183 years ago today.