Do you have a nickname? Do you remember when you acquired it? Barbara wrote in last week after receiving her copy of Happy Landings: Emilie Loring’s Life, Writing, and Wisdom: I got my book and have read through Emilie’s marriage to Victor Loring. I learned that she was called Bess, Bessie, and Betty as a … More Emily, Emilie–Why the Change?
For most of her career, Emilie Loring lived on Boston’s Beacon Hill and wrote at the Boston Athenaeum, a private library with a long history. This year, her great-granddaughter Kate and I visited. In Emilie Loring’s Footsteps We take the elevator together to the storied fifth floor. The doors open, and we read the sign. … More Found: Emilie Loring at the Boston Athenaeum
The room is empty only of people. It is, in a sense, an archive of a moment. If we understood it better, what would it tell us? … More Photographs and Reveries
She had the end of a thread to a mystery in her fingers. If she kept pulling and following it must get her somewhere Emilie Loring, Uncharted Seas In my case, it started with a podcast. “Extreme Genes” this week encouraged genealogists to search eBay for family heirlooms, and that search led me, as it often … More She had the end of a thread…
The weight of composition now lifted, the fun of Emilie Loring’s biography has returned. Bits of fascinating things keep bubbling up in my thoughts, so with snow on the ground outside and a steaming, Emilie Loring mug of extra-foamy latté at hand, let’s see what bubbles up today. This is the Park Theater in Boston. … More Fascinating Bubbles of History
There’s a new book out that suggests where William Shakespeare may have gotten not only inspiration but also settings, themes, and specific wording for eleven of his most famous plays. Researcher Dennis McCarthy used plagiarism software to detect similarities between Shakespeare’s plays and an unpublished manuscript of the time. It’s an intriguing technique that unearths … More She Didn’t Like Flying, But Then…
Valentine’s Day starts us thinking about romantic gestures–gestures to make, gestures we might receive. So I find it a little interesting that Emilie Loring’s books say nothing at all about Valentine’s Day. In fact, she mentions very few holidays or traditional celebrations. We know how she might have observed Thanksgiving and Christmas, but she leaves … More Romance: A First, Hopeful Sign