It's fair to say that I spend most of my time lost in the pages of a fictional romance. But I'd like to take a moment to ponder two romances making waves in the book market. Two famous, real historical personalities, Emily Dickinson and Anne Frank, are getting attention for romances they may or may not have had.
As a reader (and hopeless romantic) I always like to hear about the romances of historical figures, so I was intrigued by Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson And Her Family's Feuds by Lyndall Gordon. The book proposes that Emily Dickinson was not the reclusive figure that she is in public memory. Instead, Gordon discusses the likelihood of a longtime May-December romance between Dickinson and her father's best friend, Ottis Philips Lord.
The relationship supposedly began after the death of Dickinson's father, when she was in her late 40s, despite the fact that Lord was married to another woman. After Lord's wife died, when Dickinson was 47, she and Lord began to discuss marriage. According to Gordon, the pair continued their romance until she was in her 50s and decided they could not marry.