February 12, 2013—Explore Valentine’s Day through the Harvard Library collection:
“Reading improves the mind, they say. Are you fond of reading, pray?” A pick-up line from a 19th-century parlor game at Houghton Library.
"If you find that your heart is mine, I will be the happiest man in the world," from a love letter at Schlesinger Library.
"Be mine, you nasty and ugly and crabbed old scold," from a collection of rare 19th-century hand-drawn valentines at Houghton Library.
Read love letters from George Bernard Shaw's correspondence with actresses Ellen Terry and Mrs. Patrick Campbell from the Harvard Theatre Collection.
Bachelor Doctor, Love Calls the Doctor, A Doctor's Affair—just a few titles from the Schlesinger’s collection of best-selling medical romances by Elizabeth Seifert.
"I shall ever be your dearest love," wrote John Keats to Fanny Brawne during their star-crossed romance.
"The meanest reptile on earth," claimed the plaintiff's attorney in an 1818 trial of a runaway groom.
Valentine's Day in the Harvard Library Collection