An Author’s Voice is the Key to Many Doors

Books reflect the characters of the people who write them. Their language and tone, their themes and plot lines, the experience awaiting inside a book’s cover, all depend on the author. Of course, the rest takes place inside the reader, when the author’s words combine with the reader’s imagination, character, experience, and thoughts. That’s how we … More An Author’s Voice is the Key to Many Doors

She Wasn’t Defiant; She Was Confident

You enter the room, dressed in your best. Those who can most influence your fledgling career stand before you. It’s your moment. How do you introduce yourself? Which details do you fill in? What do you leave out? What impression do you try to create? Emilie Loring wrote an autobiographical sketch for Penn Publishing Company’s Brief Biographies … More She Wasn’t Defiant; She Was Confident

Serenity and Happiness in a Little Book

Today’s post comes courtesy of Clara Endicott Sears, Emilie’s friend and fellow author.  Clara descended from colonial governors and a family tree of Boston Brahmin names—Winthrop, Peabody, Sears, Crowninshield, and Endicott. She had a fortune, an enviable figure, and constant attention in the society pages. When she was in Boston, Clara swept about in social circles, … More Serenity and Happiness in a Little Book

Fame is Fleeting; Appreciation Doesn’t Have to Be

“Hardly anyone remembers Steve Jobs anymore, but in the age of electronic computing, he was iconic.” This introduction hasn’t been written yet, but it will be. Fame is fleeting. The heroes of one generation, however high they fly, are unknown to the next. Tell me something about the life of Johannes Gutenberg. And then Petrache … More Fame is Fleeting; Appreciation Doesn’t Have to Be

Who were Emilie Loring’s favorite authors?

Emilie read a lot—and not just casually, but critically.  She reviewed children’s books for her father when she was young enough to sit on the publisher’s desk, she reviewed her siblings’ plays in her twenties and thirties, and when she began to write in her forties, she wrote book reviews first. So who were the … More Who were Emilie Loring’s favorite authors?