Friday, November 19, 2010

A Literary Crush (that's not mine)

This time it is not my personal crush, but a crush that was expressed by one literary figure over another. I was reading some excerpts from Louisa May Alcott's journals while in the laundromat this afternoon because... well what else do people do at the laundromat? I needed a break from homework and though there hasn't been much news, I do entertain hopes of doing an independent study on Alcott next semester. Anyway, I came across this passage about her sister's wedding:
Mr. Emerson kissed her [Meg]; and I thought that honor would make even matrimony endurable, for he is the god of my idolatry, and has been for years.
A deliberate reference to Romeo and Juliet it would seem. She had a crush on Emerson- I laughed out loud when I read that. Her family was very closely knit with the literary community. When her sister Elizabeth (inspiration for Beth in Little Women) died, Emerson and Thoreau were among the pallbearers according to her journal.


  1. Can you imagine? Emerson and Thoreau as pallbearers!

  2. An Alcott independent study sounds like it would be amazing, gotta let me know how it goes. I want to pick up a copy of her journals now, I've never read them.

  3. It's so interesting to read about the authors she and her family were close to.
    Her journals are very interesting. If all goes according to plan it will be a pretty epic independent study- I'll keep you abreast.